Mana Moana Experience

Who: Pasifika community leaders
Where: New Zealand
When: 2018
Cost: $600
Deadline: 11 September, 2017

What: A year long integrated programme for Pasifika leaders, bringing together the experience, expertise and networks of Leadership New Zealand and a research-based indigenous knowledge-derived specialist programme.

The core focus of Mana Moana is the vitalisation and mobilisation of indigenous Pasifika language, knowledge, values, culture, ways of knowing and viewing the world. The Mana Moana Experience operates on the understanding that Pasifika ancestral cultural resources are fundamental and essential for optimal contemporary living and leadership. Instead of forgoing, forgetting, sacrificing, acculturating and assimilating, to succeed in Western contexts, Pasifika cultural resources are seen to be a source of advantage, pride, competitive edge, x-factor, complexity, cognitive flexibility, neuroplasticity, polycultural capital and a way of reaping the diversity dividend. This is a leadership for a new era, drawing on ancient indigenous resources. 

Leadership NZ's The Mana Moana Experience is targeted at mid-career Pasifika leaders. It will run over the course of a year in the form of six live-in retreats lasting 3 days each, and involving peer coaching and small group contact in-between sessions. Each of these retreats will mobilise around and target a significant broad issue / theme that is critical and relevant to key issues facing the Pasifika community and New Zealand.

This leadership programme focuses on developing effective leaders who have a strong awareness of issues of significance for Pasifika communities and New Zealand. This will involve exposure to prominent New Zealanders, Pasifika leaders and subject matter experts. It features site visits to learn from and be inspired by innovation, leadership and solutions on the ground. There is a sustained focus on nurturing personal development, balanced with realising collective aspirations, and creating resilient and authentic leaders.  A critical feature of the programme involves exploring ancestral and cultural knowledge so that it informs exceptional leadership in contemporary contexts.

Alongside the Mana Moana content, the best and most relevant of Leadership New Zealand will be on offer. Leadership New Zealand has the experience, prestige, networks and operational delivery expertise of an established leadership trust that has run for 13 years and delivered to over 300 participants.

For Pasifika participants, the Mana Moana Experience will tap into:

  • Remembering, recalling and revitalizing ancestral legacies - the best of who we are;
  • Capitalizing on, connecting to and consolidating current leadership – harnessing the best of what we have right now; and,
  • Nurturing and supporting the most optimal and exciting future – working towards the promise of what we could be.

This will be a year-long programme run in the form of six North Island based live-in retreats lasting three days each, and involving peer coaching and small group contact in-between sessions. Each of these six retreats will mobilise around and target a significant broad issue/theme that is critical and relevant to key issues facing the Pasifika community and New Zealand faces today.

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