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

This programme involves local Mayors selecting a rangatahi from their district to mentor one-to-one to encourage and enhance leadership skills. It is envisaged the rangatahi will be mentored on a monthly basis and involve informal and formal hui to support development as a local leader. The relationship 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.

Who can apply

We're looking for rangatahi Māori (18-25 yrs) from the Nelson region who are actively involved with their community and have leadership potential.

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. Attend four weekend rangatahi wānanga held on marae around the country.
  2. Attend monthly ‘one to one’ mentoring hui with the Nelson City Council's Mayor and/or Deputy Mayor.
  3. Engage in, or develop a community service project in your community.
How to apply

Please complete the form below or 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 8 December 2023.