Multiethnic Young Leaders Announces Mentee Cohort for 3 Kapu Kawhe™ Mentorship Programme 2023

Multiethnic Young Leaders is proud to announce the selection of the mentee cohort for the highly anticipated 3 Kapu Kawhe™ Mentorship Programme in 2023. 

This year, we were thrilled to receive an overwhelming response, with over 50 exceptional applications across both streams.

In response to the exceptional interest from applicants in Wellington and the remarkable talent from the capital city, we are delighted to introduce a 12th mentor to our esteemed lineup.

Joining us as a mentor based in Te Whanganui-a-Tara (Wellington) is Jane Wrightson, New Zealand’s Retirement Commissioner and an Independent Director. With Jane’s addition as a mentor, we are excited to expand opportunities for aspiring young leaders in Te Whanganui-a-Tara.

The mentees selected for the 2023 cohort embody the values, objectives, and kaupapa of Multiethnic Young Leaders. They demonstrate the potential to become purposeful leaders who make a meaningful impact in their fields and communities. Over 50% of the selected mentees are first-generation professionals, blazing a trail for their whānau and inspiring future generations. The following individuals have been chosen from a highly qualified pool of applicants to form the inaugural mentee cohort:

  • Allanah Petersen
  • Caleb Pahina
  • DJ Govender
  • Felicia Iten
  • Nive Sharat Chandran
  • Rahui Brownlee
  • Varoon Kumar
  • Yasir Demirbaş
  • Justine Roberts
  • Nathan Tse
  • Quentin Daniels
  • Jacinta Gulasekharam


Alongside our mentees, we are also pleased to introduce the exceptional student mentees who will participate in the 3 Kapu Kawhe™ programme. As part of the programme, each of the above mentees will have the opportunity to “pay it forward” by mentoring a student mentee (below). The following individuals have been selected to form our inaugural student mentee cohort:

  • Esther Sovincet
  • Andrea Ly
  • Matthew Lay
  • Mira Arif
  • Samantha Andrea Samaniego
  • Marlon Chhour
  • Lushomo Thebe
  • Emelia Martin Moses
  • Ali Muhammad
  • Mischke Hendricks
  • Sara Khatau
  • Alana Chhour


The 3 Kapu Kawhe™ Mentorship Programme provides an invaluable opportunity for our mentors, mentees, and student mentees to embark on a mutually transformative journey of learning, growth, and inspiration. Each individual brings a unique tapestry of experiences, insights, and perspectives that will nourish and shape our collective future.