Le Tautua Pasifika leadership programme

O le ala i le pule, o le tautua – The pathway to authority is through service

Le Tautua Youth 2022

Le Va’s Le Tautua Pasifika leadership programme aims to equip Pasifika participants with the knowledge, practical resources and tools to become more effective leaders and managers. Workshops will be held over two full days in Auckland on 30 and 31 May.

Participants will experience a transformative leadership journey with a focus on the contemporary execution of traditional values in practice – in clinical, cultural, and community contexts. This is strengthened by connecting with an established Le Tautua Alumni group, and complemented with opportunities for coaching, mentoring and further upskilling to provide tools and techniques to become more effective changemakers and leaders.

Check our last year’s Le Tautua leadership workshops to get a glimpse into what you can expect.

Applications open 22 April and close 6 May.

Who is it for?

Le Tautua Youth 2022 is for Pasifika youth working in Mental Health and Addiction, Disability, Public Health, and Pasifika Mental Wellbeing.

This year we are seeking expressions of interest from Pasifika youth leaders aged 18 – 30 based in Aotearoa New Zealand who are motivated to navigate to the next level in their career pathway and personal leadership journey. With a curiosity to discover how cultural intelligence can be harnessed, potential candidates will come with an open mind to be supported in a journey of self-discovery and stretched outside their comfort zone.

Not sure if you meet the criteria? Please email us at rebuilding-wellbeing@leva.co.nz

Key benefits

This programme empowers you to take bold risks and gain tools to advance yourself and your team.


  • Increase knowledge about the foundational difference of being a Pasifika leader in the context of Aotearoa New Zealand
  • Increase knowledge of cultural intelligence and its effectiveness


  • Increase understanding of outcome-driven coaching and mentoring conversations
  • Increase ability to conceptualise how cultural values work at a practical leadership level


  • Increase understanding of self-identified strengths and the ability to conceptualise and apply them confidently
  • Increase potential to become a leader in the sector

How do I apply for Le Tautua Youth 2022?

To join Le Tautua Youth 2022, complete and submit an application by 4.30pm, Friday 6 May, 2022. Please register and create a login to the application platform.

Please also attach the following documents:

  • Evidence of New Zealand citizenship/permanent residence
  • An up-to-date CV
  • A referee letter from your employer supporting your application
  • Cover letter outlining your reasons for the application

Important dates

  • Applications open Friday, 22 April 2022
  • Applications close Friday, 6 May 2022, 4.30pm
  • Successful applicants will be notified on Monday, 16 May 2022
  • Le Tautua Youth 2022 event will be held 30 and 31 May 2022

A wealth of experience

Le Tautua has been running for 14 years, with over 100 Pasifika health and disability workers successfully completing the programme. Over this time, we have had the opportunity to analyse, research, refresh, scrutinize, evolve, and draw upon world leading theory and methods in leadership development. Contemporary leadership with Pasifika cultural reference points is not a tidy toolkit or theory – Le Tautua reflects how leading in this complexity requires practical application of real-world experience. Past participants are our testimony:

“A mind-blowing experience; I felt like I crawled in a little cat, and I’m going to walk out like a lion. In my organisation, I follow, I’m going to be more courageous now.”

“What was very good was the space to discuss and drive towards integration of Pasifika concepts into our leadership, with the freedom to explore meanings in the group setting – words and actions are powerful.”

“The connection to land and place flexibility over timeframes. It’s fun, informative and passionate.”

“The safety of the programme stood out. That is, being able to express myself freely without any judgment or criticism. Also being away from the distractions of work and taking time out to reflect.”

Covid-19 Update

Face-to-face workshops will not continue while New Zealand is at Level 4. We will be in contact with all participants soon.