Whakatāne Mayor, Judy Turner is calling for two rangatahi Māori to take part in the Tuia mentoring programme.
The national programme, now in its 11th year, connects mayors with Māori youth. The one-to-one mentoring model is designed to develop leadership skills, enhance contributions to local communities and recognise, accept and celebrate diversity.
Whakatāne District Council has been involved with the programme since 2014, as a commitment to investing in Māori youth.
Mayor Turner (pictured) says her experiences as a mentor over the past two years has been inspiring and she’s very much looking forward to doing this again.
“Taking part in the programme requires commitment from the participants to monthly hui with me, as well as a series of wananga throughout the year.”
“The main thing we will be looking for from candidates is a willingness to be open-minded and prepared to contribute to discussions and workshops.
“Previous participants say the unique opportunity is well worth the time investment. I’ve also found this to be a hugely valuable experience,” she said.
Eligible candidates must be aged 18-25, actively involved in contributing to the wellbeing of their community at some level, be able to attend three, three-day and two, four-day wānanga, and have support from others such as whānau, hapū and employers to participate. They will also need a valid Covid vaccine passport.
Mayor Turner says anyone who is interested in applying has until 5pm Tuesday, 1 February 2022 to complete the online application form on the Whakatāne District Council website. The application process involves providing name and contact details, and a short 200-word description of why the applicant wants to be a Tuia candidate.
“I really encourage whanau, hapū and iwi to shoulder-tap their rangatahi to apply,” she says.
“I understand that it might feel like stepping outside your comfort zone, but the potential to learn, grow and connect is immense.”
For more information about the Tuia programme and the application process, visit whakatane.govt.nz or call 07 306 0500.