Le Tautua Pasifika leadership programme

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

The Le Tautua emerging leaders programme aims to equip Pasifika participants with knowledge, pratical resources and tools to become more effective leaders and managers. The programme consists of three workshops with applied learning modules to be completed in groups in between workshops, and it has been going for a decade with over 100 Pasifika Alumni.

2019-2020 Tautua through governance programme

This year fourteen carefully selected Pasifika leaders are participating in Le Va’s first programme focussed on growing leaders into governance roles to influence positive outcomes for Pasifika people at different levels.

The objective of the programme is to build on participants’ leadership experience and move them towards the governance space by empowering them to:

• develop a clear purpose for wanting to govern; and
• understand the essentials of good governance; and
• articulate their unique governance proposition (including their cultural values); and
• bring their whole selves to the Board table.

Given the focus on Boards and governance, Le Va sought out skilled and experienced governance practioners. Le Tautua 2019 was facilitated by our experienced Pasifika governor Caren Rangi, ONZM, with guest speakers Tevita Funaki, Shelley Campbell, MNZM, Honorary Captain (Navy), Julie Nelson and Dr Monique Faleafa, MNZM, DClinPsy.


  • “Le Va has had an incredible impact on my leadership, career aspirations and simply further developing the confidence to stand in my own mana.”
  • “I feel very grounded and connected to my people and my purpose… it has only been through Le Va that I have had the opportunity to synonymously build my technical skill and cultural intelligence within the safest and culturally responsive of environments and it is because of this that I note my wellbeing to flourish also.”
  • “It was another soul-searching time for me. This afternoon I got in the van and thought oh no, I think it’s beyond my calibre. Then when we were driving and you said each one of us were picked by You and Mon, that said to me that wow they believe in me that I bestow the potential. I think that’s the moment that I felt a click in my thinking, and I know I need to be brave and believe in myself. So, thank you for what may be a passing comment, but it made an impact to me.”