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Pacific Women’s Leadership Programme



Women in Sport Aotearoa Ngā Wāhine Hākinakina o Aotearoa delivered a pilot of its Pacific Women’s Sports Leadership Programme in 2023, delivered in partnership with Pasifika SiS Sisters in Sport. Based on the Global Sport Mentoring programme, this leadership programme aims to empower emerging female leaders from four Pacific Island nations through mentorship and cultural exchange. The programme is made possible through investment and partnerships with the US State Department and the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.


This programme is developed to support emerging female leaders in sport, physical activity, dance, and traditional physical activities in Fiji, Samoa, Cook Islands, and Tonga. The selected participants are already involved in sport, physical activity, dance, and traditional physical activities in either a volunteer or paid capacity. Participants demonstrate a passion for girls and women and a desire to advance system change and positive outcomes in their home nations.


The pilot programme ran from Monday 21 August-Friday 8 September 2023. It is a three-week programme based in Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland, New Zealand. The first week focuses on leadership development. For the two subsequent weeks, each participant will be mentored by a host organisation, immersing themselves in their work culture and programs. During the three weeks, the participant will create a project to implement in their home country. Before returning home, all participants spend a final day together, sharing their learning and action plans.

Programme Overview 

Week  Date  Overview
Week 1  Monday 21 Aug – Friday 25 Aug  Residential with WISPA and Pasifika SiS 
Week 2 Monday 28 – Friday 1 Sep  Workplace experience with a host organisation 
Week 3 Monday 4 Sep – Friday 8 Sep Workplace experience and programme wrap-up 


Applications have now Closed. 

Applications have now closed.  Keep posted for our next round of applications.

A special thank you to the US Embassy of New Zealand and the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade for funding this pilot programme. 

Host Organisations

Women in Sport Aotearoa has successfully partnered with relevant host organisations in Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland, and each has been carefully matched with a Pacific Women’s Leader for a mentorship program.  Thank you to our host organisations: Sport New Zealand, High Performance Sport New Zealand, Harbour Sport, Sport Waitakere, Rugby New Zealand, Warriors Community Foundation and Tennis New Zealand. 

For any further inquiries or if your organisation is interested in participating as a host in future programmes please do not hesitate to contact to register our Programme Manager, Merran Brockie-David via email at

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