Tuia 2020

​​Tuia 2020 Application form

Download the Tuia 2020 Application form here


The Tuia kaupapa is an intentional approach to develop and enhance the way in which rangatahi Māori contribute to the communities in which they live. The kaupapa is free, and focused on creating a network of support for rangatahi to help them serve their communities well by providing opportunity to develop relationships between a diverse range of rangatahi throughout Aotearoa.

At a local level, a mayor will select a rangatahi Māori from their district who they will mentor in order to enhance their ability to contribute well to the community. This will happen on a monthly basis, involving both informal meetings and participation at formal occasions. The relationship will also provide both parties with the opportunity to gain a deeper insight into inter-generational issues, cultural values and experiences.

Selected rangatahi will be expected to undertake a 100-hour community contribution project in their respective communities. Rangatahi will also attend five wānanga in different parts of the country over the year to build networks, obtain support and receive exposure to a diverse range of people from across the country.

The word 'Tuia' means to weave and when people are woven together well, their collective contribution has a greater positive impact on community. The Tuia kaupapa seeks to embody this by connecting young Māori from across Aotearoa with one another.


  • Of Māori whakapapa

  • Live in the Rotorua district

  • Aged between 18-25 years old

  • Actively involved in contributing to the wellbeing of your community

  • Able to commit to being involved in this part-time programme of three, three-day and two four-day wānanga (leadership forum) over a period of 12 months?

  • Able to get support from others to participate in the programme (whānau / hapū / pakeke / employers / community etc.)

  • Open minded and willing to contribute to discussions and workshops

  • Well organized and have the ability to manage your time and commitments


Application process and timeline: 



Friday 18 October

Applications open

Friday 15 Nov

Applications close

Week beginning 18 Nov

Assessment of applications and shortlisted Rangatahi meet the Mayor.

Week beginning 25 Nov

Decisions notified and dates of 2020 wānanga advised



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