Launching the Hawea Vercoe Leadership Programme

The Moko Foundation launched the 2017 Hawea Vercoe Leadership Programme at the Te Tai Tokerau Leadership Summit at the Waitangi over Matariki, expanding the programme’s initial reach to 10 rangatahi Maori from Northland who aspire to leadership in their communities.  Since July, we are continuing to grow the reach of the programme to 20 rangatahi over the next few months.  

We are privileged to have a high calibre of mentors from different sectors including mentoring by some of the country's leaders in health, education, performing arts, business and enterprise.  Mentors include actor Cliff Curtis, designer Kiri Nathan and Jamie Tuuta - CEO of Te Tumu Paeroa.   

The brainchild of Dr Lance O’Sullivan, The Hawea Vercoe Leadership Programme deliberately targets rangatahi Maori between the ages of 12 to 24 initially in the Northland region, and is a year long programme that connects each Mentee (Tuakana) with a Mentor (Matua).  

The MOKO Foundation has facilitated the Hawea Vercoe Leadership Programme since 2014, with the goal of strengthening future Maori leaders and prosperity at all levels.  The outcomes from this programme have supported young, Maori leaders from the Far North such as Ezekiel Raui, Conor O'Sullivan and Cale Silich. 

Each mentee will have the opportunity to attend events, workshops and conferences throughout the year, as well as receive practical support to assist with their transition to future career pathways.