2021 Young Women’s Leadership Programme

Whanake o te Kōpara


Applications have closed for a new Leadership Development programme, Whanake o te Kōpara, being led by The Shift Foundation (Shift) and Women in Sport Aotearoa (WISPA). Both organisations advocate for equity in the physical activity space (sport, exercise, recreation, fitness, play) for women and girls, but also for other groups who may be missing out on the benefits of movement! 


Shift and WISPA welcomed applications from any young women (or those who identify as female or non-binary) aged 19-25 who are passionate about the role physical activity can play in supporting wellbeing, however, we were really keen to support young women who were currently not in leadership positions and/or who don’t get access to these types of opportunities. 

Check out the 2021 successful applicants: 



Please see the following young women’s programme timeline, currently in progress:

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.
Sixth online hui: September (allow 2.5 hours in the month)
Sport NZ Women + Girls Summit 2021: October (details to be confirmed) 

Applicants were expected to attend all the online and kanohi ki te kanohi (face to face) wānanga.


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 – 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!

For more information on timings, expectations, content and click here.

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