Hawea Vercoe Leadership Programme

Our unique model of support to empower young people

In Memory of Hawea Vercoe

Our Hawea Vercoe Leadership Programme is a tribute to the late Hawea Vercoe, former principal of Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Rotoiti, father of six, and at the time of his death, in his first term as Okurei Māori constituency member for the Bay of Plenty Regional Council.  He has been described as one of Māoridom's most promising leaders; a man who did so much for his students and his community; and a politician before his time, changing the way of thinking of people in parliament and around the country.  He shared our goal of being part of Māori prospering and helping to build a great country with the work we do.

"He engaged so much of himself, provided so much leadership, mentored youth.  He would take a young person who wasn't confident and inject in them the belief that they were someone special"

Our Hawea Vercoe Leadership Programme is focused on increasing strong leadership, education and employment through quality mentoring, internship and volunteering opportunities.  We collaborate with multiple stakeholders - Iwi, Philanthropic, Corporate, NGO's and Government - to execute a strategy based on principles of collective impact.  We share knowledge rather than protect it.  We share resources and collectively we improve outcomes for young people. 

Our programme is targeted to young people aged 12-24 years.  Choose one of the following options and click on a button below for more information and to register your interest in our programme.

  • Matua - Successful leader, e.g. Doctor, Lawyer, Business Entrepreneur, CEO, Iwi Leader, Political, Teacher
  • Mentor - Tuakana, Year 12 and 13 students
  • Mentee - Teina, Year 8 and 9 students