Kupe news


Group photoAfter many months of planning and discussion, we are just days away from the launch of the inaugural Kupe Leadership Scholarship programme. At the beginning of March, the 14 recipients of the 2019 Kupe Leadership Scholarships will come together for an Orientation weekend on Auckland's Waiheke Island.

The 2019 Kupe Leadership Scholars were selected following a rigorous and competitive selection process. Candidates were required to complete a written application, with the shortlisted students being invited to engage in a full-day session that combined group activities with 1:1 interviews. The selection panel then had the challenging task of identifying the inaugural Kupe Leadership cohort from the talented pool of post-graduate students who applied. The successful Scholars represent a diverse array of disciplines across a number of faculties, but they each demonstrate evidence of leadership capability and share many commonalities in terms of their drive, determination, passion and humility.

AU Kupe Scholars 2018 011A2Canadian philanthropist John McCall McBain made a special visit to Auckland in December after his Foundation provided $1 million in seed funding to kick-start this initiative. The Kupe Leadership Scholars enjoyed the opportunity to meet with John and offer him some insight into their area of study, their passion and the difference they want to make for Aotearoa. 

Each of our 2019 Kupe Leadership Scholars have been assigned a mentor who will work with them to inform, challenge, support and nurture their leadership aspirations to help them make a meaningful contribution to New Zealand. Many Kupe Leadership Mentors are well-known to New Zealanders and have been hand-picked due to their expertise and experience.

The programme will consist of a series of workshops throughout the year where scholars will develop the mindset and leadership capabilities that will be so essential to their leadership work. We are very much looking forward to getting the formal programme underway and wish our scholars all the very best for the year ahead.