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 marked 14 years of Le Va’s Le Tautua emerging leader programme and the first year the programme focused exclusively of youth leadership and growing emerging youth leaders.

Le Va was honoured to host 26 youth leaders working in youth mental health and addictions, youth work disability, public health, peer support and Pasifika wellbeing, from across New Zealand. The programme included a blend of inspirational speakers, panel discussions, interactive workshops, networking, culture, self-discovery, and connections.

To see more about the 2022 programme, watch the video below.


Key benefits

Le Va’s Le Tautua emerging leader 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

A wealth of experience

Le Tautua has been running for 14 years, with more than 100 Pasifika health and disability workers successfully completing the programme. Over this time, we have had the opportunity to analyse, research, refresh, scrutinise, 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 complex area 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.