3 Kapu Kawhe™

2024 MENTOR NOMINATIONS OPEN | NOMINATE A MENTOR

We're on the lookout for exceptional senior leaders in business and government who demonstrate a deep commitment to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion, fostering social cohesion, championing ethnic and intersectional diversity in leadership, and empowering young, diverse New Zealanders.

If you know a standout New Zealand executive or director who aligns with these values — perhaps even yourself — we invite you to nominate them below! The deadline for mentor nominations is Friday, March 1st, 2024.
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ABOUT 3 KAPU KAWHE™

3 Kapu Kawhe™ (3 Cups of Coffee) is a short-term mentoring programme that pairs ethnically diverse young leaders in the formative years of their careers (mentees) with experienced New Zealand executives and directors (mentors) for three transformative conversations.

Mentees pay it forward by having three cups of coffee with a student leader in tertiary education or their final year of high school (student mentee).

The programme draws on te ao Māori concepts of whakawhanaungatanga (building connections) and ako (two-way learning). It recognises that both mentors and mentees bring valuable knowledge, wisdom, and insights to the relationship from which the other can learn and grow.

We intentionally match mentors and mentees from different cultural backgrounds to bring together individuals who might not typically cross paths otherwise. This is in line with Multiethnic Young Leaders NZ’s commitment to strengthening social cohesion.

By the end of the programme, we hope that all programme participants leave with greater professional and cultural confidence, expanded worldviews and networks, and deeper empathy.

ABOUT 3 KAPU KAWHE™

3 Kapu Kawhe™ (3 Cups of Coffee) is a short-term mentoring programme that pairs ethnically diverse young leaders in the formative years of their careers (mentees) with experienced New Zealand executives and directors (mentors) for three transformative conversations.

Mentees pay it forward by having three cups of coffee with a student leader in tertiary education or their final year of high school (student mentee).

The programme draws on te ao Māori concepts of whakawhanaungatanga (building connections) and ako (two-way learning). It recognises that both mentors and mentees bring valuable knowledge, wisdom and insights to the relationship from which the other can learn and grow.

We intentionally match mentors and mentees from different cultural backgrounds to bring together individuals who might not typically cross paths. This is in line with Multiethnic Young Leaders NZ’s commitment to strengthening social cohesion.

By the end of the programme, we hope that both mentors and mentees leave with greater professional and cultural confidence, expanded worldviews and networks, and deeper empathy.

The 2023 3 Kapu Kawhe™ Mentorship Programme is made possible through the generous support of Deloitte New Zealand.

PROGRAMME PURPOSE & OBJECTIVES

  • To address the equity gap in representation across higher leadership in Aotearoa.
  • To address the lack of social capital that Māori, Asian, Pacific and other Minority Ethnicity (“MAPME”) aspiring leaders face in their chosen fields due to a historical underrepresentation of leaders from their communities in the professional workforce.
  • To support, empower and invest in highly ambitious and promising young leaders from MAPME backgrounds during the formative stages of their careers.
  • To support, empower and invest in highly ambitious and promising student leaders in tertiary education or their final year of high school through the programme’s “pay-it-forward” initiative.
  • To further cultural confidence, empathy and understanding.
  • To strengthen social cohesion, champion ethnic and intersectional diversity in leadership and empower diverse young New Zealanders.
  • To build Aotearoa NZ’s pipeline of diverse, inclusive and purpose-driven future leaders.

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

Mentoring pairs meet three times over a six-month period for hour-long conversations in a relaxed meeting space, preferably at a local cafe.

In turn, mentees pay it forward by having three cups of coffee with a highly-promising student leader in tertiary education or their final year of high school (student mentee), creating a ripple effect that supports the development of young, diverse leaders across multiple generations.

The programme concludes with a formal graduation celebration in late November. This will be an opportunity for all 3 Kapu Kawhe mentors and mentees, including student mentees, to come together and celebrate their journey. 

KEY DATES

What

When

Applications Open for Mentees 

4 April 2024 (Midday)

Applications Open for Student Mentees

18 April 2024 (Midday)

Applications Close for Mentees and Student Mentees

12 May 2024 (Midnight)

Outcome Notification

By 7 June 2024 (Midnight)

Pairs Notified

10 June 2024

Programme Graduation Celebration

27 November 2024

3 KAPU KAWHE™ MENTORS

3 Kapu Kawhe™ Mentors have been identified and nominated by Multiethnic Young Leaders members, partners, stakeholders and members of the general public as senior business and government leaders who have demonstrated a personal and professional commitment to furthering diversity, equity and inclusion, strengthening social cohesion, championing ethnic and intersectional diversity in leadership, and empowering diverse young New Zealanders. This year, we are thrilled to invite eight new mentors to join our mentoring community. 

TBA – May 2024

TBA – May 2024

TBA – May 2024

3 KAPU KAWHE™ MENTORS

3 Kapu Kawhe™ Mentors have been identified and nominated by Multiethnic Young Leaders members, partners, stakeholders and members of the general public as senior business and government leaders who have demonstrated a personal and professional commitment to furthering diversity, equity and inclusion, strengthening social cohesion, championing ethnic and intersectional diversity in leadership, and empowering diverse young New Zealanders. This year, we are thrilled to invite eight new mentors to join our mentoring community. 

Chief Executive, MinterEllison RuddWatts

General Manager of Export Customers, NZTE

CEO, Russell McVeagh

Secretary for Women and CE, Manatū Wāhine – Ministry for Women

Chief Executive, Institute of Directors

CFO, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

Executive Chair, KPMG

Chief Executive, Deloitte

CEO | Independent Director

Independent Director

Retirement Commissioner | Chair | Independent Director

Board Chair, Russell McVeagh

Chief Executive, Toitū Te Whenua Land Information New Zealand

Chief Executive, Spark New Zealand

Managing Partner, DLA Piper New Zealand

Chief Transformation & Operations Officer, Westpac New Zealand

Independent Director

Chair | Independent Director | Investor

Deputy Commissioner, Te Kawa Mataaho Public Service Commission

MENTEE PREREQUISITES AND CRITERIA

Highly-ambitious and promising young leaders from ethnically diverse backgrounds who are in the early stages of their professional leadership careers. To be eligible, you must:

  • Be between the ages of 18 and 35;
  • Have a minimum of three years of full-time professional work experience; and
  • Identify as Māori, Asian, Pacific and/or other Minority Ethnicity (MAPME).

 

Please note that the programme is fully subsidised for successful mentee applicants who are MYLN Members, employed at a MYLN Corporate Impact Investor organisation, or have recently applied to become a MYLN Member. For all other successful mentee applicants, the programme is partially subsidised, and a koha contribution of $200 towards programme costs is kindly requested upon acceptance.

Highly-ambitious and promising young leaders from ethnically diverse backgrounds who are in the early stages of their professional leadership careers. To be eligible, you must:

  • Be between the ages of 18 and 35;
  • Have a minimum of three years of full-time professional work experience; and
  • Identify as Māori, Asian, Pacific and/or other Minority Ethnicity (MAPME).

 

Please note that the programme is fully subsidised for selected mentees who are MYLN Members, employed at a MYLN Corporate Impact Investor organisation, or have recently applied to become a MYLN Member. For all other selected mentees, the programme is partially subsidised, and a koha contribution of $200 towards programme costs is kindly requested upon acceptance. You may wish to discuss with your employer the possibility of sponsoring your participation as part of your professional development plan.

Student leaders in tertiary education or their final year of high school who identify as Māori, Asian, Pacific and/or other Minority Ethnicity (MAPME) and have current and/or previous student leadership experience. Priority will be given to first-generation students, those who are or would be the first in their families to attend tertiary education.

Please note that the programme is fully subsidised for all successful student mentee applicants.

PROGRAMME COSTS

Highly-ambitious and promising young leaders from ethnically diverse backgrounds who are in the early stages of their professional leadership careers. To be eligible, you must:

  • Be between the ages of 18 and 35;
  • Currently serve as a manager, people leader or subject matter expert (SME) in your workplace or industry, with at least three years of experience in the workforce;
  • Identify as Māori, Asian, Pacific and/or Minority Ethnicity (MAPME); and
  • Be a Full or Associate MYLN Member, work at a MYLN Corporate Impact Investor organisation, or have recently applied to become a Full or Associate MYLN.

The programme is fully subsidised for selected mentees who are MYLN Members, employed at a MYLN Corporate Impact Investor organisation, or have recently applied to become a MYLN Member.

For all other selected mentees, the programme is partially subsidised, and a koha contribution of $200 towards programme costs is kindly requested upon acceptance. You may wish to discuss with your employer the possibility of sponsoring your participation as part of your professional development plan.

No application fee is required, allowing any individual who meets the eligibility criteria to apply without encountering financial barriers.

The programme is fully subsidised for all successful student mentee applicants.

No application fee is required, allowing any individual who meets the eligibility criteria to apply without encountering financial barriers.

KEY DATES

What

When

Applications Open for Mentees

4 April 2024 (Midday)

Applications Open for Student Mentees
18 April 2024 (Midday)
Applications Close for Mentees and Student Mentees
12 May 2024 (Midnight)
Outcome Notification
By 7 June 2024 (Midnight)
Pairs Notified

10 June 2024

Programme Graduation Celebration

27 November 2024

MENTEE SELECTION PROCESS

MENTEES are selected through a comprehensive process, which involves submitting an online application and personal statement. 

Multiethnic Young Leaders will review all applicants to ensure they meet the eligibility requirements and prerequisites. Following this initial review, an external panel comprising senior leaders from diverse ethnic backgrounds will shortlist the applicants and make the final selection of mentees, who will then be matched with a mentor.

We encourage applicants from non-traditional fields and industries. To ensure a diverse cohort of mentees is selected, we reserve 20% of mentee placements for Māori mentees, 10% for Asian mentees, 10% for Pasifika mentees, and 10% for other Minority Ethnicity mentees, with the remaining 50% open to mentees of any MAPME ethnicity. Additionally, we aim for a balanced gender makeup within each cohort, targeting a distribution of 40% male, 40% female, and 20% any gender.

In instances where there is a surplus of qualified candidates, priority is given to MYLN Members, individuals employed at MYLN Corporate Impact Investor organisations, and first-generation professionals.

 

STUDENT MENTEES are selected either through nomination directly from select high schools or tertiary institutes we partner with, each of which conducts its own application and selection process, or by applying directly through a self-application process. 

A panel of MYLN Members assists in reviewing, shortlisting, and selecting the final student mentees, as well as matching them with a mentor. Priority is given to students from decile 1-3 high schools and first-generation students.

3 KAPU KAWHE™ SELECTION PANEL

The 3 Kapu Kawhe™ Selection Panel consists of esteemed senior leaders from diverse ethnic backgrounds, bringing with them a profound understanding of the unique challenges encountered by young leaders from ethnically diverse communities. 

To Be Announced

TBA – May 2024

To Be Announced

TBA – May 2024

To Be Announced

TBA – May 2024

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN

Applications CLOSE at midnight on Sunday 12 May, 2024

Applications CLOSE at midnight on Sunday 12 May, 2024

FAQs

The availability and locations of our mentors determine the regions we offer the programme in each year. This year, we’re excited to offer our programme in Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland) and Te Whanganui-a-Tara (Wellington). When applying, we’ll ask you to specify which regions you’re available to participate in, in order of preference. If you’re outside of these regions and would like to make your way to either Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland) or Te Whanganui-a-Tara (Wellington) to participate in the programme, you’re welcome to do so! However, please note that MYLN is unfortunately unable to cover any interregional travel expenses.

Āe (Yes)! Assuming you meet all other prerequisites and criteria for consideration, you are welcome to apply to the programme. Please note, however, that if you are selected as a mentee, you will be asked to contribute a $200 programme koha, partially subsidised by MYLN. Successful mentees who are MYLN members or employed at a Corporate Impact Investor organisation will have their contribution fully subsidised by MYLN.

The availability and locations of our mentors determine the regions where we offer the programme each year. For 2024, we’re excited to extend our programme to Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland), Te Whanganui-a-Tara (Wellington), as well as offering remote participation. During the application process, we’ll ask you to specify the region(s) you’re available to participate in, in order of preference. If you’re located outside of these regions and wish to attend in person, you’re welcome to do so by making your way to either Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland) or Te Whanganui-a-Tara (Wellington). Kindly note that as a small charity, MYLN is unable to cover any interregional travel expenses.

The graduation celebration at the end of the year is held in person at a central venue in Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland). While we strongly encourage participation where possible, we understand that travelling may not be feasible for everyone. Rest assured that even if you are unable to attend the graduation celebration, this does not prevent you from participating in the programme.

As a small charity, MYLN is unable to cover any interregional travel expenses for attending the graduation celebration. We advise those not based in Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland) but interested in attending to consider this when making their plans.

The mentoring programme will run for 6 months, from June 2024 to December 2024. The “formal conclusion” of the programme is at the graduation celebration.

As the programme aims to support ethnically diverse young people in the formative stages of their careers, we strive to minimise barriers to participation. This includes not requiring an application fee.

For selected mentees who are also MYLN Members, employed at a MYLN Corporate Impact Investor organisation, or have recently applied to become a MYLN Member, the programme is fully subsidised.

For all other selected mentees, the programme is partially subsidised, and a koha contribution of $200 towards programme costs is kindly requested upon acceptance. You may wish to discuss with your employer the possibility of sponsoring your participation as part of your professional development plan.

For selected student mentees, the programme is fully subsidised.

Please note that there may be some indirect expenses related to meeting with your mentor, such as food, drinks, and transportation.

Participants based outside of Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland) who wish to attend the graduation celebration may also need to consider interregional travel costs. We strive to ensure that the event concludes in time for flights out of the city for those who do not wish to stay overnight.

By design, we actively refrain from reaching out to Māori, Asian, Pacific and other Minority Ethnicity (MAPME) leaders to be mentors for the programme, not because we do not value their mentorship, but because we believe that mentoring the next generation of ethnically diverse leaders should be a shared responsibility. By involving a wider community of leaders, we can share the important work of uplifting and investing in the next generation of ethnically diverse leaders more broadly across society.

3 Kapu Kawhe™ Mentors have been identified and nominated by Multiethnic Young Leaders members, partners, stakeholders and members of the general public as senior business and government leaders who have demonstrated a personal and professional commitment to furthering diversity, equity and inclusion, strengthening social cohesion, championing ethnic and intersectional diversity in leadership, and empowering diverse young New Zealanders.

Each year, we aim to invite a select number of new mentors to join our mentoring community. All new mentors must go through the standard nomination process outlined above. We meticulously review each nomination to ensure alignment with the programme’s values and objectives, and to determine our endorsement of the mentor.

We are deeply committed to maintaining the integrity of the programme and ensuring the psychological safety of our mentees. By being intentional, thorough, and prioritising quality over quantity in our mentor selection process, we uphold a high level of confidence in the quality and consistency of everyone’s experience in the programme.

The number of mentee places available will be determined based on the number of mentors from our community who choose to participate in a given year.

Māori, Asian, Pacific, and other Minority Ethnicity (MAPME) community leaders have long been doing inspiring work and driving change in our communities. As a result, there is less observed underrepresentation of MAPME leaders in “community leadership.” By expanding the sectors in which MAPME talent can thrive, we enable more young people from diverse backgrounds to reach their full leadership potential across all sectors of society.

There are several established mentoring programmes in Aotearoa that pair mentors and mentees from similar backgrounds. We aim to provide an additional option to enhance the choices available to ethnically diverse young people. By pairing mentees with mentors from diverse backgrounds, we seek to foster greater understanding, cultural empathy, and social cohesion, which are key objectives of our programme.

Multiethnic Young Leaders carefully reviews all applications to ensure they meet the eligibility criteria. Following this, a panel of senior leaders from diverse ethnic backgrounds, appointed by the programme, takes part in the final selection process to match mentees with mentors.

Our programme is designed to take an equity-based approach to mentoring, with a focus on addressing the historical and present-day underrepresentation of MAPME individuals in leadership roles in Aotearoa New Zealand.

We recognise that several communities face barriers in leadership, and we encourage organisations that serve these communities to consider establishing their own mentoring programmes specifically designed to address the distinct challenges faced by members of their respective communities.

Strong candidates for the 3 Kapu Kawhe™ Mentorship Programme possess upstanding character, embody the values, objectives, and kaupapa of MYLN, and demonstrate the potential to become purposeful leaders who will make a meaningful impact in their fields and communities. The selection process considers these factors to ensure alignment with MYLN’s vision and the capacity to benefit from the transformative mentoring experience.

To ensure a diverse cohort, we employ quotas for different ethnic groups. This includes reserving 20% of mentee placements for Māori mentees, 10% for Asian mentees, 10% for Pasifika mentees, 10% for other Minority Ethnicity mentees, and the remaining 50% for mentees of any MAPME ethnicity. We’ve also set ourselves an internal gender target of 40/40/20  for each mentee cohort.

Mentees with a minimum of three years of full-time professional work experience are likely to derive the greatest benefit from this programme. While there may be exceptional candidates who do not meet this criterion, we believe that it increases the likelihood of successful pairings and meaningful conversations.

While this particular programme targets mentees with at least three years of full-time professional work experience, we offer other events and initiatives at MYLN that cater to ethnically diverse young leaders at different stages of their careers. We encourage you to explore these options whilst you continue to develop your professional experience.

Yes, we welcome applications from those who are freelancing or who are self-employed.

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