The Tuia programme is long term, inter-generational approach to develop and enhance the way in which young Māori contribute to communities throughout New Zealand.

The programme involves local Mayors selecting a young Māori from their district to mentor on a one-to-one basis, to encourage and enhance leadership skills. It is envisaged the rangatahi (young person) will be mentored on a monthly basis, involving both informal meetings and formal occasions that will assist the young person’s development as a local leader.

The relationship also provides both partners with the opportunity to gain a deeper insight into inter-generational issues, cultural values and experiences. Rangatahi will also have the opportunity to build peer networks with graduates of the programme, obtain support and receive leadership training by attending four leadership development wānanga over the course of the year.

Mayor Rachel Reese with 2020 Tuia Rangatahi Te Rina Te Kawa

Mayor Rachel Reese with 2020 Tuia Rangatahi Te Rina Te Kawa

Who can apply

We're looking for rangatahi Māori aged 18-25 years old from the Nelson region who are actively contributing to the well-being of their community and who have the potential to be a leader in their community.

You must be supported by your community - iwi/hapū/marae/whānau or Māori community based organisations.

What it involves

You need to be able to commit to the following:

  1. Attending four weekend rangatahi wānanga held on marae around the country.
  2. Monthly one-to-one mentoring meetings with the Nelson City Council's Mayor and/or Deputy Mayor, and other opportunities.
  3. Engaging in, or developing a community service project in your community.
How to apply

Please send an expression of interest containing the following to

  • Your name and contact details
  • The name and contact details of the community organisation (whānau, marae, hapū, iwi etc) that have agreed to support you.
  • The reasons why you should be selected for the Tuia mentoring programme

Applications close 5pm Friday 12 February 2020.

If you have any questions or require more information please contact:

Casey Anderson
Kaituitui Māori – Partnership Coordinator
Te Kāhui Whiria | Māori Partnerships Team
Nelson City Council

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