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Tuia Rangatahi Programme

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.


This national programme involves mayors selecting a young Māori rangatahi (young person) from their rohe to mentor on a one-to-one basis, to encourage and enhance leadership skills. It is envisaged the rangatahi will be mentored on a monthly basis through informal meetings, and attend formal occasions that will assist the young person’s development as a 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 leadership development wānanga over the course of the year.

Click here to view the 2023 Prospectus

Applications for 2023 have now closed

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

What it involves


You need to be able to commit to the following:

  1. Attending up to five weekend rangatahi wānanga* held on marae around the country.
  2. Monthly one-on-one mentoring meetings with Hastings District Council's Mayor and/or Deputy Mayor, and where possible accompany the Mayor and/or Deputy Mayor to other formal and informal events throughout the year.
  3. Undergo 100 hours of community contribution.

*Wānanga locations for 2023 are as follows:

  • March: Wānanga one - Tuia i Runga (Weaving above), Waikato
  • May: Wānanga two - Tuia i Raro (Weaving below), South Island
  • July: Wānanga three - Tuia i Roto (Weaving within), Rotorua
  • September: Wānanga four - Tuia i Waho (Weaving without), Wellington
  • November: Wānanga five - Tuia te Here Tangata (Weaving the threads of humanity), Auckland

How to apply

To apply, please fill out the application form below by Wednesday 8th February, with interviews taking place on Wednesday 15th February.

For more information, please contact:

Emma James
Youth Lead
P: 027 212 9368

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