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Queenstown Lakes District Council

Te Kakau – supporting local leaders

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. Te Kakau is also the brightest star in Orion’s belt and has been used to refer to the thoughts and wishes of leadership.

Covid-19 continues to have a significant impact on the Queenstown and Wanaka communities 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 the District that are crucial for recovery.

As a key Recovery initiative, the Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) Economic Recovery team has commissioned the Te Kakau project to support 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 is working with key district partners in delivering ‘Te Kakau’ to six identified cohorts.  These cohorts have been selected as they are key influencers in supporting business and community groups.

  1. Senior managers, Business Owners/Operators – Large and Small
  2. Maori community
  3. Queenstown Lakes Women
  4. Wanaka (and surrounds) community
  5. Queenstown (and surrounds) community, education and health sectors
  6. Human Resource / People and Capability managers

Each cohort is currently receiving individualised coaching support based on either Gallop’s ‘Clifton Strengthsfinder’ or the Stanford University ‘Design your Life’ model. Later in 2021 this will be followed by the 6 cohorts coming together across the region for team workshops and group collaboration opportunities.

Partners: Queenstown Chamber / Ignite Wanaka-Wanaka Chamber / Regional Business PartnersMana Tahuna /Queenstown Lakes Women / Queenstown Life / Lake Wanaka Tourism / Destination Queenstown / HRNZ – Human Resources NZ / Start NowNarrative Campaigns / Blue Mercury Leadership

"Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou Leadership Lab NZ for coming into our space to hear a Māori voice. Queenstown Lakes District Council has engaged with Leadership Lab NZ for the design and implementation of a ‘District talent retention programme’ for the Queenstown Lakes District over the next 12-18 months. So, thanks to QLDC and Leadership Lab for supporting the kaupapa. Never underestimate the tikanga of our tīpuna who knew that the power of whanaungatanga and kai can open the minds and the hearts to ensure powerful and purposeful kōrero follows. "

Darren Rewi
Mana Tahuna Chair

"Kia ora Leadership Lab whanau, this is just a note of appreciation for all the energy, passion and understanding you’ve brought to this project. I feel very grateful that we have a team of exceptional humans helping us to sort out just ‘some’ of our district's big challenges. You’ve managed to get people sharing and showing commitment to working together. You may not even appreciate what a huge leap forward that is - but it is!!! "

Sharon Fifield
Economic Development Advisor - Queenstown Lakes District Council

Queenstown Lakes District Council

Te Kakau – supporting local leaders

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. Te Kakau is also the brightest star in Orion’s belt and has been used to refer to the thoughts and wishes of leadership.

Covid-19 continues to have a significant impact on the Queenstown and Wanaka communities 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 the District that are crucial for recovery.

As a key Recovery initiative, the Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) Economic Recovery team has commissioned the Te Kakau project to support 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 is working with key district partners in delivering ‘Te Kakau’ to six identified cohorts.  These cohorts have been selected as they are key influencers in supporting business and community groups.

  1. Senior managers, Business Owners/Operators – Large and Small
  2. Maori community
  3. Queenstown Lakes Women
  4. Wanaka (and surrounds) community
  5. Queenstown (and surrounds) community, education and health sectors
  6. Human Resource / People and Capability managers

Each cohort is currently receiving individualised coaching support based on either Gallop’s ‘Clifton Strengthsfinder’ or the Stanford University ‘Design your Life’ model. Later in 2021 this will be followed by the 6 cohorts coming together across the region for team workshops and group collaboration opportunities.

Partners: Queenstown Chamber / Ignite Wanaka-Wanaka Chamber / Regional Business PartnersMana Tahuna /Queenstown Lakes Women / Queenstown Life / Lake Wanaka Tourism / Destination Queenstown / HRNZ – Human Resources NZ / Start NowNarrative Campaigns / Blue Mercury Leadership

"Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou Leadership Lab NZ for coming into our space to hear a Māori voice. Queenstown Lakes District Council has engaged with Leadership Lab NZ for the design and implementation of a ‘District talent retention programme’ for the Queenstown Lakes District over the next 12-18 months. So, thanks to QLDC and Leadership Lab for supporting the kaupapa. Never underestimate the tikanga of our tīpuna who knew that the power of whanaungatanga and kai can open the minds and the hearts to ensure powerful and purposeful kōrero follows. "

Darren Rewi
Mana Tahuna Chair

"Kia ora Leadership Lab whanau, this is just a note of appreciation for all the energy, passion and understanding you’ve brought to this project. I feel very grateful that we have a team of exceptional humans helping us to sort out just ‘some’ of our district's big challenges. You’ve managed to get people sharing and showing commitment to working together. You may not even appreciate what a huge leap forward that is - but it is!!! "

Sharon Fifield
Economic Development Advisor - Queenstown Lakes District Council