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™  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 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 young 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

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 and Student Mentees

9 May 2023 (Midday)

Applications Close for Mentees and Student Mentees

11 June 2023 (Midnight)

Outcome Notification

3 July 2023

Pairs Notified

6 July 2023

Programme Graduation Celebration

7 December 2023

3 KAPU KAWHE™ MENTORS

3 Kapu Kawhe™ Mentors have been identified and nominated by Multiethnic Young Leaders NZ 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.

Andrew Poole

Chief Executive, MinterEllison RuddWatts

Craig Hudson

General Manager of Export Customers, NZTE

Jo Avenell

CEO, Russell McVeagh

Kellie Coombes

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

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Chief Executive, Institute of Directors

Marc Rivers

President & CFO, Bridgewest Perth Pharma | Chair, Audit and Finance Committee, Te Whatu Ora

Matt Prichard

Executive Chair, KPMG

Mike Horne

Chief Executive, Deloitte

Rob Campbell

Director

Tracey Taylor

CEO, Yellow New Zealand

Vanessa Stoddart

Independent Director

Jane Wrightson

Retirement Commissioner | Independent Director

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;
  • 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.

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 (preference may be given to those above the age of 25, and/or individuals with experience in management, people leadership or subject matter expertise);
  • 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 Member. For this year only, we’ll also be accepting applications from individuals who intend to apply to become a Full or Associate MYLN Member in 2024.

Student leaders in tertiary education or their final year of high school who identify as Māori, Asian, Pacific and/or Minority Ethnicity (MAPME) and have current and/or previous student leadership experience.

KEY DATES

What

When

Applications Open for Mentees and Highschool Mentees

Monday 10 January 2022

Applications Close for Mentees and Highschool Mentees

Friday 4 March 2022

Application Review Process

Saturday 5 March – Saturday 19 March 2022

Pairs Notified

Sunday 20 March 2022

Programme Formally Begins

 22 March 2022

Programme Graduation Celebration

March 2023

MENTEE SELECTION PROCESS

Mentees are selected via a comprehensive process that includes submitting an online application, CV and letter of recommendation (optional). We welcome applicants from non-traditional fields and industries. We also use quotas to ensure a diverse cohort of mentees is selected, with 25% of mentee placements reserved for Māori mentees, 10% for Asian mentees, 10% for Pasifika mentees, 10% for other Minority Ethnicity mentees, and the remaining 45% filled by mentees of any MAPME ethnicity. We’ve also set ourselves an internal gender target of 40/40/20  for each mentee cohort.

Student mentees may be nominated by select high schools or selected via a comprehensive application process that includes submitting an online application and a letter of recommendation. Priority is given to students from lower decile schools and/or first-generation university 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. 

Douglas Ah Poe

Director, Deloitte

Haylee Putaranui

Director of Māori Strategy, Fonterra

Ranjna Patel

Founder, Tāmaki Health and Gandhi Nivas

APPLICATIONS CURRENTLY CLOSED

Open to MYLN Members and Corporate Impact Investors

Open to tertiary education and Y13 high school students

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)! For this year only, we’ll also accept applications from individuals who intend to apply to become a Full or Associate MYLN Member in 2024.

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.

The Mentoring Programme will run for a 6-month period, from June 2023 to December 2023.

3 Kapu Kawhe is a free programme aimed at supporting ethnically diverse young people in the formative stages of their careers. There may, however, be some indirect expenses related to meeting with your mentor, such as food, drinks and transportation.

We focus on government and business leaders as mentors because ethnically diverse young people are most underrepresented in these fields of leadership. Māori, Asian, Pacific and Minority Ethnicity (MAPME) community leaders have long been doing inspiring work and driving change in our communities, and there is less underrepresentation of ethnically diverse 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 a number of great mentoring programmes in Aotearoa New Zealand that pair mentors from similar backgrounds. We want to offer an additional option to increase the choice for ethnically diverse young people. By pairing mentees with mentors from different backgrounds, we hope to foster greater understanding, cultural empathy and social cohesion, which aligns with our programme objectives.

The mentor lineup was selected based on the current leadership reality of New Zealand, where the majority of the country’s senior leaders in business and government are New Zealand European/Pākeha. We have deliberately chosen not to reach out to Māori, Asian, Pacific and Minority Ethnicity (MAPME) leaders to be mentors, 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 range of leaders, we can share the imporant work of uplifting and investing in the next generation of ethnically diverse leaders more broadly across society.

Our inaugural lineup of 3 Kapu Kawhe mentors have been identified and nominated by Multiethnic Young Leaders NZ 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.

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 acknowledge that there are many other communities who face barriers to leadership as well, and we encourage other organisations to develop mentoring programmes that focus on these communities. 

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.

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 thrive and benefit from the transformative mentoring experience.

The LoR is entirely optional. At MYLN, we strive to provide equal opportunities to all applicants, regardless of whether they choose to submit a LoR. We recognise that some applicants may find it challenging to effectively showcase their story, qualities, and potential through other parts of the application. The LoR offers an additional avenue for someone who knows the applicant well, such as a supervisor, mentor, or professor, to contribute valuable insights into the applicant’s character, abilities, and potential that may be difficult for applicants to express on their own. Ultimately, the decision to include a LoR rests with the applicant, and all applicants will be considered equally and fairly, irrespective of whether they choose to submit one.

To ensure a diverse cohort, we employ quotas for different ethnic groups. This includes reserving 25% of mentee placements for Māori mentees, 10% for Asian mentees, 10% for Pasifika mentees, 10% for other Minority Ethnicity mentees, and the remaining 45% 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.

While we understand the desire for more spaces in the future, our current priority is on maintaining the programme’s integrity and the “psychological safety” of mentees. For now, we intend to keep the size of each cohort small and intimate. This allows us to uphold a high level of confidence in the quality and consistency of everyone’s experience in the programme. As we evolve, we will thoughtfully evaluate the potential for programme expansion and the inclusion of more participants.

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