Ngā Ara Whakatupuranga – New Frontiers

Strengthening Māori leadership in the Public Service

Last updated: Rāhina, 15 Kohitātea, 2024 | Monday, 15 January 2024

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Pictured at the 2023 pōwhiri at Te Puni Kōkiri is, from left, Chief of Defence Air Marshal Kevin Short, programme participants Robert Mclean and Carmen Eriksson, and Te Tumu Whakarae mō Te Puni Kōkiri | Secretary for Māori Development Dave Samuels.

About the Programme

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The Ngā Ara Whakatupuranga - New Frontiers programme aims to assist Māori leaders to transition from the New Zealand Defence Force to the Public Service to strengthen the Māori capability of the Public Service and provide a rewarding second career path for participants.

There is a paucity of Māori in leadership positions across the Public Service which hinders the Public Service’s ability to better deliver outcomes to all New Zealanders, including Māori.

Many of the values and skillsets that members of the Defence Force have are the same as those that define working in the Public Service, making Māori leaders a great fit for the Public Service.

Ngā Ara Whakatupuranga helps Māori leaders transition to a career in the Public Service, seeking to make this a viable career path for Māori leaders leaving the New Zealand Defence Force.

The programme consists of three main phases, application and selection, induction, and regional placement with Te Puni Kōkiri, and placement at another Public Service agency.

For information about Ngā Ara Whakatupuranga download the brochure here

More information

For more information on Ngā Ara Whakatupuranga, please email