Le Tautua Pasifika leadership programme

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

Le Va’s Le Tautua leadership programme is designed to support Pasifika health leaders to cultivate their unique leadership perspectives and enhance their leadership and management skills.

Le Tautua 2024

Le Va’s Le Tautua 2024 Pasifika leadership workshops will be held over two full days in Auckland on Wednesday 24 and Thursday 25 July. 

Le Tautua transforms knowledge into impact and generates exceptional outcomes for participants across a broad range of workplace and community environments. 

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.

Who is it for?

Our theme for Le Tautua 2024 is Voyage of Hope: Charting a Course for Pasifika Addiction Recovery’ where we inspire hope, resilience, and determination among Pasifika leaders and communities, envisioning a future where addiction-related harms are minimised and individuals thrive in wellness and fulfillment.

This year we are seeking expressions of interest from Pasifika leaders working in the addictions sector including those working in the public health system in roles seeking to reduce addiction related harm. Le Tautua 2024 is for leaders who are based in Aotearoa New Zealand and motivated to move to the next level in their career pathway and personal leadership journey. With 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. 

If you’re not sure if you meet the criteria, please email us at mha@leva.co.nz

How do I apply for Le Tautua 2024?

To join Le Tautua 2024, complete and submit an application by 5pm Friday 14 June.

Please click the ‘Apply now’ button below, then register and create a login to our 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
  • Briefly outline your reasons for applying to Le Tautua (max. 150 words)
Apply Now button

Important dates

  • Applications open Wednesday 15 May 2024 at 9am
  • Applications close Friday 14 June 2024 at 5pm
  • Successful applicants will be notified on Monday 24 June 2024
  • Le Tautua 2024 will be held on Wednesday 24 and Thursday 25 July 2024

A wealth of experience

Le Tautua has been running since 2008, 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 judgement or criticism. Also, being away from the distractions of work and taking time out to reflect.”

Key benefits

Le Va’s Le Tautua leadership programme empowers you to take bold risks and gain tools to advance yourself and your team.


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


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


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

Le Tautua Youth 2022

2022 marked 14 years of Le Va’s Le Tautua leadership programme and the first year Le Tautua focused exclusively on 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 learn more about the 2022 programme, watch the video below.


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.