Young Women’s Leadership Programme

Pictured above: Whanake o te Kōpara group of 2021

Whanake o te Kōpara

Mā te huruhuru, ka rere te manu
Adorn the bird with feathers so it can fly

In February 2021, we launched in partnership with The Shift Foundation our first Young Women’s Leadership programme, Whanake o te Kōpara. The programme is aimed towards young women aged 19-25 who are aspiring leaders and are passionate about the role physical activity can play in supporting wellbeing.

Sixteen kōhine (young women) were selected to participate in the inaugural 8-month programme, covering topics such as Te Tiriti o Waitangi/The Treaty of Waitangi, Human Centered Design, Empowerment, Problem Solving and Reflective practice. Participants were supported to develop an action plan, the purpose of this was to put their learning into practice and be part of changing the system.

The 2021 programme is still yet to be completed due to the ongoing pandemic impacting travel and gatherings. Watch the groups progress to date in the highlights video below:


2021 Programme 

SHIFT and WISPA deeply believe in the power and importance of co-design, therefore the following list is an indication of the type of topics and content that are covered as part of the programme. Successful applicants are asked for feedback and thoughts as the course is designed and delivered over eight months.

  • Ko wai au? Who am I? – Values, whakapapa, strengths and passions
  • Understanding systems change/systems thinking (eco-systems)
  • Empowerment – what is it? How do you experience it?
  • Te Tiriti o Waitangi/The Treaty of Waitangi – kaupapa maori approach
  • Human Centered Design – practical application through the design and delivery of the wānanga (similar to a Shift Jam/Shift Challenge)
  • Courageous Conversations
  • Allies/Building relationships
  • AKO – an opportunity for participants to share skills and learn from one another
  • Reflective practice
  • Bringing Te Aō Māori to life (in practical ways)
  • Frameworks for understanding wellbeing/hauora
  • Developing an action plan

Applicants are expected to develop an ‘Action Plan’ and pilot it as a key part of their participation in this programme. Successful applicants are then given a frame to work from and support to develop their plan (in an area or on an idea that is meaningful to you!). In a true action learning style, applicants will plan, deliver, reflect, iterate and pilot this plan during the programme. With full implementation post programme. The key element here is to put applicants learning styles into practice and be part of changing the system to work better for the groups/communities they are passionate about supporting!

First online hui: Late March (likely 2.5hours evening or weekend)
Wānanga 1: Friday 9th – Sunday 11 April 2021, Orongomai Marae, Upper Hutt.
Second and third online hui: May (allow 5 hours in the month) 
Wānanga 2: Friday 11th – 13th June 2021, Wāihōanga River Lodge, Kāpiti.
Fourth and fifth online hui: July (allow 5 hours in the month)
Wānanga 3: Friday 20th – 22nd August 2021, Wāihōanga River Lodge, Kāpiti. (postponed to January 2022)
Sixth online hui: September (allow 2.5 hours in the month)
Sport NZ Women + Girls Summit 2021: September (details to be confirmed) 

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