This 10-month emerging leadership programme grounded in te ao Māori supports early in career Māori with the skills and confidence to step into leadership and governance roles of the future.

This kaupapa, previously known as the Māori emerging leadership programme, was gifted its new name by the first alumni of rangatahi graduates from 2022. The new name, Te ara ki Matangireia, means the pathway to Matangireia. Matangireia has many different meanings in te ao Māori. One interpretation is that it is the uppermost heaven where Tāne/Tāwhaki gathered ngā kete o te wānanga (the three baskets of knowledge). It is also the name given to the former Māori Affairs Select Committee room at Parliament. 

The use of Matangireia was an opportunity to recognise the learnings and knowledge rangatahi public servants gain through the kaupapa, as well as acknowledge that part of Parliament where many tūpuna Māori have gathered to wānanga in a place where the biggest decisions impacting on our people and country are made.  

Te Kawa Mataaho and Tukaha Global Consulting Ltd, an organisation known for its work in developing rangatahi Māori leadership, have partnered together in the delivery of Te ara ki Matangireia.

This kaupapa is grounded in whakaaro Māori and te reo me ōna tikanga to ensure the mauri of the kaupapa and its participants are protected and enhanced.  

The kaupapa includes:

  • four 3-day wānanga hosted by different iwi (planned for March, June, September and November 2024)
  • one on one mentoring with a senior leader in the Public Service.
  • personal reflective practice
  • regular check-ins with individuals and small groups
  • delivery of a service project.

Learn more about the programme or download an expression of interest form