Applications open for rangatahi Māori leadership programme
Applications for the year-long Mayoral mentoring programme, Tuia are now open.
Tuia is a national leadership programme for young Māori in Aotearoa and was founded in 2011 through the Mayors’ Taskforce for Jobs (MTFJ). Rotorua Lakes Council has been part of the programme since its inception and has mentored 14 rangatahi Māori.
Council is seeking one or two candidates to meet regularly with Rotorua Mayor Tania Tapsell, participate in civic events, grow their networks and connect with a diverse range of people to gain a deeper insight into inter-generational issues, cultural values and experiences.
Rotorua Mayor Tania Tapsell says 2023 candidates Amelia Liddell and Sa’hayla Harden have been dedicated representatives who showed clear leadership qualities early on.
“Amelia and Sa’hayla are both brilliant rangatahi Māori who have already contributed so much to Rotorua, which is what the Tuia kaupapa is all about. I’m proud to have mentored these young leaders – and hope they have found the experience as valuable as I have.”
The successful candidates will be rangatahi Māori (aged 18 to 25), reside within the Rotorua rohe (district), already be actively contributing to the wellbeing of their community or aspire to do so and be willing to commit for a minimum of 12 months.
Candidates are expected to undertake a 100 hour community service project which will provide an opportunity to share experiences, practice new strategies and demonstrate leadership.
Commitments also include attending five weekend wānanga held on marae with fellow Tuia representatives from around the country, monthly mentoring sessions with the Mayor and other event and networking opportunities.
“Connection is the art of life. Tuia is a national and intergenerational kaupapa that creates relationships that sustain a lifetime.
2023 Representative Sa’hayla Harden says Tuia is an incredible space that inspires, challenges and grows rangatahi Māori to showcase what service-led leadership is.
The Mayor, in partnership with 2023 Tuia recipients, will select the candidate(s) that best match the programme criteria.
2023 Representative Amelia Liddell says it’s a great opportunity to grow as a person and contribute back to the community.
If you are interested, applications can be written or videoed, detailing a bit about yourself and a brief outline of why you should be successful for the Tuia kaupapa (project). Applications close 5pm, Friday 15 December and can be sent via the Rotorua Lakes Council Facebook Messenger or by emailing email@example.com.
Visit the Rotorua Lakes Council website to learn more or to apply.
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