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Te Kakau

Supporting local leaders

Project overview Te Kakau cohorts Partners Contact us

Te Kakau is the 'stalk in the centre of the harakeke, providing leadership and support for the inner and outer leaves.'  Te Kakau are our valuable and vulnerable leaders within our community.

Project overview

Covid-19 continues to have a significant impact on our community in terms of job losses, lost income, impact to business and pressure on community groups.  This has led to the risk of losing critical business and community leaders from our District that are crucial for our recovery.

Talent attraction and retention has always been a challenge for our district’s businesses, and Covid-19 has exacerbated that issue.  By nature of a small community, a lot of our residents ‘wear two hats’ being involved in business while also volunteering their time for community groups.   Some may feel burnt-out through leading others through the downturn, and many may be feeling overwhelmed from the uncertainty.

As a key Recovery initiative, the Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) Economic Recovery team has commissioned a project to support our current and emerging local leaders. This project works on developing and connecting community minded leaders to ensure they are able to lead others through the business and community recovery.

Leadership Lab will be working with key district partners in delivering ‘Te Kakau’ to six identified cohorts.  These cohorts have been selected in the programme design phase as they are key influencers in supporting business and community groups.  Each cohort includes a wide range of people, nominated by their colleagues.

Te Kakau cohorts

The six Te Kakau cohorts are:

  1. Māori community

  2. Senior managers, Business Owners/Operators – Large and Small

  3. Women

  4. Wānaka (and surrounds) community

  5. Queenstown (and surrounds) community, education and health sectors

  6. Human Resource / People and Capability managers

Each cohort will receive individualised coaching support followed by team workshops and group collaboration opportunities.


Te Kakau's partners include:

  • Ignite Wanaka

  • Lake Wanaka Tourism

  • Destination Queenstown

  • Queenstown Chamber of Commerce

  • Regional Business Partners

  • Mana Tahuna

  • Queenstown Lakes Women

  • HRNZ

Contact us

To find out more, please contact QLDC's Economic Development Advisor Sharon Fifield.

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