Designed specifically for mid-senior leaders in social change, the Aotearoa Fellowship will super-charge your skills and energy, help you gain further confidence as a social change leader, and connect you with a community of your peers from across Aotearoa.

Last year's cohort included more than 20 leading organisations such as Hapai Te Hauora, Amnesty International, Mapu Maia (Pacific Arm of the Problem Gambling Foundation), 350 Aotearoa, the Public Service Association, the Blind Foundation, ActionStation, and the National Council of Women.  We look forward to welcoming a new cohort in 2017!

The Aotearoa fellowship involves two intensive 4-day retreats, in March and May, with five interactive webinars with expert presenters in between.

In 2017 the Fellowship is run in collaboration between Hāpai te Hauora Maori Public Health and the Centre for Australian Progress. At the completion of the fellowship, all participants join a remarkable Trans-Tasman network of change-makers.

For the second year, the program's lead facilitator is Anita Tang. With 25 years experience in senior roles, including Director of Health Strategies for the Cancer Council NSW, Anita now acts as a consultant and coach to Australia and New Zealand's leading non-profits.  Anita will be joined by local and global guest experts.

We particularly encourage applications from people of Maori and Pasifika backgrounds.

2016 Fellows at their graduation in gorgeous Long Bay, north of Auckland

2016 Fellows at their graduation in gorgeous Long Bay, north of Auckland

Key Dates

  • First round applications have closed and we're thrilled with our first cohort members!
  • Second round applications are now open and close February 1st
    • Selection interviews 2 - 7 February, 2017
    • Applicants will be notified by 8 February 2017
  • Opening Retreat: 2 - 5 March 2017, Waitetuna Retreat Centre, 2 hour's drive of Auckland Airport
  • Expert Webinars: 
    • 15 March
    • 22 March
    • 5 April
    • 12 April
    • 19 April
  • Final Retreat and Graduation: 4 - 7 May 2017, Riverslea Retreat Centre, within 1 hour's drive of Wellington Airport


Costs are in Australian Dollars (NZ$ is about .95 cents as of 23 January 2017:

  • $2,000: Community concession - for non-profits with annual staff expenditure of less than NZ$500,000.
  • $3,250: Small non-profit concession - for non-profits with annual staff expenditure of between NZ$500,000 and NZ$3 million.
  • $3,750:  Large non-profit concession - for non-profits with annual staff expenditure of over NZ$3 million
  • $5,500: Full Price - for businesses and BCorps servicing the non-profit sector
  • $,1100: Scholarship - for individual community campaigners who lack any organisational support. Scholarships are very limited, and their availability is subject to us securing additional philanthropic or other support.

Costs cover tuition, accommodation and meals; and excludes travel to venues.


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