Mayor seeks young leaders to ‘step up, give it a go’

Susan O’Regan

Waipā mayor Susan O’Regan is on the hunt for smart, inspiring young people to join a national leadership programme.

The Tuia Leadership programme is aimed at outstanding rangitahi Māori who have the potential to be leaders and contribute to their community. It involves a young person working alongside their local mayor to gain insights, receive one-on-one mentoring plus share their views and insights into what is important for youth.

O’Regan is actively looking for applicants and is putting the word out for young people to “step up and give it a go”.

“It’s a great programme and Waipā has been part of it for a long time. I’m very keen on making it easier for young people to have a voice at Council so I’m really keen to see someone take up this opportunity,” she said.

The programme involves a monthly informal meeting plus attendance at some formal occasions. Those involved are aged between 18 – 25 and want to be actively involved in making their community a better place. The young person selected must also be available for a wananga at Mangatoatoa Marae from Friday March 10 to Sunday March 12.

“The programme is not hugely formal, but it does have real value and will open doors and expose someone to new and valuable experiences. The successful applicant will need to be open minded, confident in sharing their views and most importantly, be willing to learn,” O’Regan said.

“I think it’s a great opportunity and it has big wins for Council because we will get a unique young person’s view of what’s important, right here, for Waipā.”

O’Regan is inviting potential applicants to do their research and email her directly by Monday, February 6 at [email protected] to outline standard information (name, contact details, age etc) plus provide an insight into their schooling history, their community activities or passions, their sporting or cultural involvement, their plans for the future and most importantly why they want to be involved and what they want to achieve.


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