Tuia (Rangatahi) Mentorships

Under the Local Government New Zealand – Mayors’ Taskforce for Jobs, Tuia is a mentoring programme supporting young Māori to develop leadership skills and contribute to their communities.

The programme pairs rangatahi (young people) with a mayor and/or deputy mayor, who meets with and mentors them on a one-on-one basis for the year.

The rangatahi contributes 100 hours to a community project in their rohe (area) and is supported to attend five wananga (workshops) around the whenua (country), in order to build networks with the other Tuia rangatahi, obtain support and meet a range of people.

Rangatahi are selected by the mayor and deputy mayor of each council and the mentoring relationship is reciprocal, with the rangatahi having the opportunity to share their world and life experiences.

The programme aligns with the word Tuia, which means to weave.

When people are woven together their contribution has a greater positive impact in the community.

Since 2011, Wellington City Council has mentored 15 rangatahi.

2022 recipient

Wellington’s 2022 Tuia representative, Annalese Hume-Kinzett has a life’s passion for understanding human behaviour, through as many lenses as possible, with a focus on improving wellbeing for au, whānau, hapu, iwi and hapori/community.

Annalese is currently completing a Bachelor of Social Work, has completed certificates in Musical Theatre and Bicultural Social Services, and an Honours Diploma in Art and Creativity.

She has volunteered for Save the Children, Hutt Community Arts Grant Panel, and Te Ahi o Ngā Rangatahi.

Volunteering with Te Ahi led her to her current role as Programme Support Coordinator at BGI (Wellington Boys and Girls Institute), who run the programme.

We look forward to Annalese’s contribution.

Previous recipients

  • Mana Hokianga and Pania Rei (2021)
  • Peta Tangiwai and Kirihika Stewart (2020)
  • Tamatha Paul and Miriama Te One (2019)
  • Karen Leef and Harley Hepetema (2018)
  • Trinity Thomson Browne (2017)
  • Jack Fletcher (2016)
  • Maia Huriwaka (2015)
  • Tuparahuia Pita (2014)
  • Rawinia Thompson (2013)
  • Alex Taniwha (2012)
  • Parehinetai Stewart (2011)

More information

For more information download the 2022 Tuia Prospectus (1.9MB PDF)