Kurawaka Leadership Intensive 2019

KURAWAKA, the fertile soils from which human potential is crafted, helps guide Māori leadership to new levels of excellence.

“In this programme it is not about individuals and their practice... it is not about you being a good nurse or midwife… it is you being a Māori leader who happens to be a nurse or a midwife. That is the change in thinking.” - Taima Campbell, Programme Manager, Ngā Manukura o Āpōpō

KURAWAKA draws on the potential for life and growth within the fertile soils of Papatuānuku, addressing equity by building the cultural and clinical excellence of authentic Māori leadership. With an explicit focus on learning journeys this programme allows participants to customise their leadership experience and self-direct their learning and impact.

“…the other challenge for Māori nurses … [is that it] sets a huge expectation on the individual of knowing what it is to be Māori. So what does that look like? … How do you respond to your colleagues who expect you to know? It is not that we need to teach Māori what that is, but how do we respond to that expectation.”

“…how you make a difference, how you make an improvement to the bigger picture by improving yourself”

Margareth Broodkoorn, Director of Nursing, Northland DHB till Jan 2019/ Chief Nurse, Ministry of Health from Feb 2019

KURAWAKA is an intensive leadership programme for Māori Nurses and Midwives who have completed the Ngā Manukura o Āpōpō Foundation Programme.

The 10-month programme delivered by Desna Whaanga-SchollumMihi (Michelle) Tibble and Savanna Steele, as well as guest speakers, will involve a blend of wānanga; workshops and group work that will be co-created with participants. All participants will be required to develop an individual professional development plan and personal leadership objectives for the programme.

The programme will require seven days of your time for key scheduled events, so your whānau and employer will need to approve release time for you to attend. Key dates:

  1. Fri 15th - Sat 16th March 2019. Ōtautahi, Christchurch
  2. Fri 21st - Sat 22nd June 2019. Rotorua
  3. Fridays in August 2019. Locations TBC
  4. Fri 18th - Sat 19th October 2019. Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland 


Between events there will be both guided and self-directed assigned work. Some activities and hui will be via Zoom, so you will need to have access to (and know how to use) these platforms and other social media.

Marae in Otautahi, Pōneke and Tāmaki Makaurau will be the venues for delivery of the programme with these costs covered by the programme. Some funding for travel assistance is available, however there is no funding for release time. Note: some funding for locum cover may be available for LMC's via the NZ College of Midwives - for further information contact Nicole Pihema at nicolepihema@gmail.com.

We are calling for registrations from Ngā Manukura o Āpōpō nursing and midwifery leadership graduates now. If this is you, submit your registration by the 14th February 2019. For more information contact:

Sonia Hawkins. Kaiārahi Kurawaka / Kurawaka Project Manager.
E: sonia@kurawaka.nz
M: 027 540 6118