The Foundation aims to support emerging Māori leaders primarily through post graduate scholarships across a range of fields. We believe that a strong grounding in higher level tertiary education will support their success and leadership in those fields. We have also sponsored Māori participation in leadership programmes. Apart from providing direct support, we are interested in encouraging debate on leadership and identifying and addressing leadership challenges. For example, in 2012, we hosted a forum with business leaders that helped to develop our scholarships for entrepreneurial Māori.
The trustees of the Sir Kawharu Foundation are:
Each of them brings to the Foundation their wide 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 support
and provide opportunities for aspiring
The Foundation's vision is to advance and support the development of Māori leadership potential and skills. Strong leadership is always needed to maximize opportunities, reduce inequalities, and offer cultural and economic contributions to Māori and to New Zealand as a whole. Māori achievers who aspire to leadership should be supported 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, and present significant opportunities across the economic, social, cultural and political landscape of New Zealand. 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 key 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.