Gene Kiely | McCall MacBain Foundation Kupe Leadership Scholar

Master of Arts (Indigenous Studies)

To lead is to listen. This is one of the greatest lessons I have learned on my journey so far. Throughout my experiences working alongside those who are homeless, incarcerated, in state care or elderly living out their final moments; I have come to truly appreciate the gift of being present and attentive. I believe this is the foundation of creating a sense of belonging for those most marginalized within society.

Aotearoa has some of the highest international rates for a number of social problems, and so my interests are in programmes that create spaces for positive socialization. In upholding the dignity of those we serve; I believe Aotearoa can become a more interconnected community. I enjoy learning and inviting opportunities for others to do the same. My long-term aspirations are to teach at tertiary level, support those who might otherwise have no access to education and to help guide future leaders to reach their full potential.

Sponsor: McCall MacBain Foundation

Mentor: Lynette Stewart, CNZM, Chief Executive of Ki A Ora Ngatiwai Health Trust, former chair of the Northland District Health Board, University of Auckland Business School, Dame Mira Szazy Maori Business Leadership Award (Inaugural-2003), Distinguished Alumni Award (2008)