The Foundation aims to support emerging Maori leaders through a number of activities, including:
The Foundation is actively involved with education and research organisations to develop programmes to support Maori leaders in a range of fields.
The trustees of the Sir Kawharu Foundation are:
Each of them brings to the Foundation their extensive experience in tertiary education, supporting Maori initiatives, commerce, and/or trusteeship.
Professor Sir Mason Durie is the Foundation's patron.
The Sir Hugh Kawharu Foundation is a
charitable trust established to provide
opportunities for rising Maori stars or
wheturangi to emulate past tribal leaders
and to set new horizons for the coming
generations to follow.
The Foundation's vision is to advance and support the development of Māori leadership potential and skills. Strong leadership is essential to maximize the opportunities available to Māori, reduce the inequalities, and offer cultural and economic contributions to Māori and to New Zealand as a whole.
It remains a critical time for Māori in terms of our significant opportunities across the economic, social, cultural and political landscape of New Zealand. Māori achievers who aspire to leadership should be nurtured and celebrated, now more than ever. Iwi have completed or are progressing towards completion of their Treaty settlements and are moving into a new post-settlement phase. Settlements put Māori in control of financial assets on an unprecedented scale. At the same time, there is an urgent need to address the ongoing negative statistics in health, education, crime and so on.
Education is a critical success factor to attaining in both Māori and Pākeha worlds. Sir Hugh Kawharu is a great example of a Māori leader. He attained the highest levels of education, nationally and internationally, and put his knowledge and skills to good use to better Māori and by extension, New Zealand. The Foundation is a fitting legacy to Sir Hugh, and his immense contributions to Māori and Pākeha throughout his life.