Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi, he toa takitini

Our strength is not as individuals, but as a collective


The scale and complexity of the issues that many organisations and communities face are beyond the scope of the leadership approaches that have served us well in the past. However, collectively leaders have the vision, will and resources to co-create new approaches to address these most complex and challenging issues. Leadership Lab’s purpose is to support the emergence of flourishing organisations and communities.

Our unique bi-cultural heritage provides a rich resource of wisdom and insight that informs the practice of collective leadership. As an organisation that has its home in Aotearoa, we acknowledge and draw from that wisdom. Respecting and valuing the unique cultural identity of each person and community allows us all to contribute our gifts and thrive together.

Puāwai rangatahi programme

Poipoia te kakano kia Puāwai – Nurture the seed and it will blossom. 

Puāwai is a kaupapa Māori rangatahi programme with a focus on inclusion and diversity

Video's from a range of projects

Leaders' Connect #4: June 4th 2020

Leading for equity: What’s our next step?

Eru and Cheryl share some insights for leaders to actively support an equitable future for Aotearoa, New Zealand.

Leaders Connect #9: August 27th 2020

Leading Authentic Partnerships – He mahi kai takata, he mahi kai hōaka

Janina Konia (Ngāi Tahu, Ngā Puhi) is the kaiārahi at Mātauraka Mahaanui, an advisory board to the Ministry of Education with a mandate to represent Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu across the Waitaha region.

Leaders Connect #10: September 10th 2020

Be Slacker Better: learnings from the trenches of the Forty Hour Principals

School principals and authors David Armstrong and Steve Zonnevylle share their whakaaro on "being slacker better" - learnings from the trenches of the 40 Hour Principals.

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Exploring personal stories and practical ideas about collective leadership across Aotearoa

We work together with communities and organisations to tackle complex issues

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Discover more of how we build ownership and innovation to create significant impact.

Discover some of what we do, by the stories that are told

Here’s a snapshot of a couple of larger projects Leadership Lab team have contributed to over the last three years.

The LinC (Leadership in Community) Programme

The LinC Project has supported and sustained community leaders in Christchurch since 2012, impacting significantly on a people affected by the Christchurch earthquakes.

Grow Waitaha

Grow Waitaha is a multi-year collaborative project with Ngāi Tahu, Ministry of Education and three other consultancies to explore future focussed pedagogy, collaborative teaching, flexible learning spaces, cultural narratives and diverse partnerships across all schools in Greater Christchurch



"The Leadership Lab have been building a movement growing the capability of large cohorts of change makers to make the world better, the power of which continues to spread their ripples of change within our communities today."

Dr Eru Tarena, Executive Director, Tokona te Raki

"For myself, and my senior team members who have experienced the professional development and collaborative opportunities through the Leadership Lab, it has enabled networks, shifted thinking, and is continuing to influence different practice approaches to working with families. Strategic. Human centred. Community focussed. Founded in relationship."

Peter Whitcombe, Regional Manager Youth Justice, Wellington / East Coast / South Island, Oranga Tamariki Ministry for Children