Rangatahi Programmes

Connecting people with opportinities for a better Aotearoa New Zealand

The Hawea Vercoe Leadership Programme is the rangatahi engagement arms of the Moko Foundation and focuses on empowering rangatahi to explore opportunities to build a better Aotearoa New Zealand.

Hawea Vercoe Leadership Programme

The 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.

Hawea Vercoe

"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"

In 2020, the Hawea Vercoe Leadership Programme will focus its operations in the following locations:

  • Kaitaia
  • Auckland
  • Hamilton
  • Rotorua
  • Gisborne
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch

The Programme is broken down into several programmes:

The mentoring component of this programme will connect rangatahi with Māori mentors who are passionate about investing in the next generation to increase their potential and future opportunities. The programme is designed to help identify the mentees strengths, build their confidence, resilience, leadership skills and assist with education and career pathways, this is a 10-month commitment that participants are encouraged to enter.

Click here for more info on becoming a Mentor or Mentee.

This two-day in-school leadership and life skills workshop provides an opportunity for rangatahi in secondary education to increase their practical leadership capabilities, build self- confidence, resilience and decision-making skills. This programme will be delivered in partnership with secondary high schools in the focus locations.

The Rangatahi Leadership Summits provide an opportunity to bring together passionate, dedicated and aspiring young people who have determined to improve community social and economic wellbeing, unite local rangatahi voice, discuss and debate key initiatives that support and enhance communities. While also having access to top business, cultural, community, political and international leaders who all believe in the common grounds of providing opportunities to rangatahi.

At the beginning of 2020, the Moko Foundation will host several Introduction Hui to inform, inspire and motivate the community to engage with the foundation on rangatahi leadership and leadership development. This is an opportunity for the Mentees and Mentors (from the mentoring programme) to meet and set their strategic plan, for families and parents to seek clarity of participating and for interested schools, local councils, organizations and companies to witness the localised approach of developing the Moko Foundation.

This is an opportunity for all partners, mentors, families and rangatahi to come together and celebrate their achievements with the Moko Foundation, this will also provide a platform to celebrate our mentees on the mentoring programme. 

Become a Rangatahi Mentor or Mentee

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