Developing indigenous youth leadership – a case study of a Māori undergraduate leadership programme

Youth Research Centre Seminar Series 2016

Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith, University of Waikato

Facilitated by Lilly Brown, Melbourne Graduate School of Education

In many contexts indigenous youth shoulder significant leadership responsibilities in their families and communities from a very young age. For Māori youth in New Zealand this is partly to do with extended cultural expectations (tuakana-teina roles), whānau or family expectations, current social circumstances and a youthful Māori demographic structure. This seminar discusses a leadership programme designed for Māori under-graduate students that takes their existing strengths and understandings of leadership to build their capability in new areas, as young professionals, as new tribal and community leaders, as innovation leaders. The Te Ahurutanga Leadership programme at the University of Waikato selects 14-16 Māori students from across Faculties along with senior student mentors and puts them through a year long leadership course alongside their academic programme. The seminar will provide some insights into the programme and its outcomes.


Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith

Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith is a Visiting Professor to the Melbourne Graduate School of Education from the University of Waikato where she is Professor of Education and Māori Development and Pro Vice Chancellor Māori. Professor Smith has been awarded a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit. She is a Fellow of the American Education Research Association and recipient of the 2015 McKenzie Award for Educational Research by NZARE. She is the author of “Decolonizing Methodologies Research and Indigenous Peoples” and has written extensively on Māori education.