Ka Eke Poutama: 2018 Award for Community Based Programme of the Year Tangata Whenua

The 2018 ACE Aotearoa Annual Award for Community Based Programme of the Year Tangata Whenua has been awarded to Ka Eke Poutama.

Ka Eke Poutama is a rangatahi leadership programme to help develop the governance skills of our next generation of leaders.

The fifteen week programme teaches rangatahi the core skills of great governance and social enterprise - practical skills that they can apply once they get onto a board. Skills like:

  • knowing the fundamentals of how to manage risk
  • how to formulate a strategy
  • how to set out an effective agenda and meeting process for decision making
  • what kind of questions to ask in a board meeting
  • and how to develop effective board resolutions.

They then come out of the programme and are connected to real life governance board opportunities.

The first pilot programme in 2016, had 46 participants. Forty-five of them graduated and completed the course and between them they went on to hold 63 governance roles.

Over the last two years three programmes have been run, with more than 100 young people graduating. These alumni are shaping the country’s future, from being part of delegations to international events, and running social initiatives in their community, to taking on senior management roles and setting up their own social enterprises.

Recently, one alumni, a young Māori woman who had been doing research at a university, decided that she could contribute much more to her community by setting up her own enterprise that monitors the water quality in the Waikato River. Another has been leading the Protect Ihumatao movement, and another alumnus has set up a social enterprise, Whenua Warrior, to teach families how to grow healthy food.

Dozens of speakers and mentors, not all Māori are involved in delivering the programme including people who are senior in central and local government.

Click here to see the 2018 award winners.