Tuia 2021

​​​​Tuia 2021 Application form

​ Tuia Application 2021.pdf


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 

The new application round for 2021 is now open and closes on the 16 November 2020.

Email your application to​
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