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RTK Programme Overview

An indigenous leadership programme and a partnership between

Ruia Te Kākano

Ruia he kākano literally translates to mean to “Sew the seed”.

This leadership programme seeks to “sew the leadership seed” within those who participate. There is a famous whakataukī Māori proverb that says

“E kore au e ngaro, he kākano i ruia mai i Rangiātea”
I will not be lost, I am a seed descended from Rangiātea.

The metaphorical “seed” represents growth, development, and self-realization. The connection to Rangiātea is linking the higher learning with tools that have been handed down through our shared history and our own ancestors.

Ruia he kākano aims to support the participants at Foodstuffs NZ to connect with their own cultural heritage and to explore what leadership means for themselves and for their whānau, hapū and iwi.


Participants will discover their own leadership style and grow the confidence and competence to achieve their full potential.

Ruia Te Kākano will provide learning experiences that:

  • Explore what it means to be Indigenous
  • Discover what leadership means to the participant and to Foodstuffs NZ
  • Provides the participant with the opportunity to utilise their strengths
  • Provides a wide range of transferable business and personal skills
  • Helps improve personal effectiveness and lifts performance


As a participant by the end of this programme you will:

  • Feel proud of your cultural heritage and what it means in your work
  • Identify how business works and the role you play in helping achieve business results
  • Appreciate diversity in teams and how your differences from others is a strength
  • Tap into your own and each other’s strengths and improve teamwork
  • Develop greater trust and respect with and from those you work alongside
  • Understand that your own leadership motivations, impacts how you lead
  • Understand different commutation approaches and how to get your message across
  • Build confidence and a belief in your own potential
  • Be more effective at influencing
  • Improve how you make decisions and solve day-to-day problems
  • Create a network of strong relationships amongst the Māori staff at Foodstuffs NZ



Ruia Te Kākano contains the following key elements:

  • Pre-course work to be completed prior to each wānanga
  • A half day orientation session
  • Attendance at all five wānanga – Ten days in total (5x 2-day workshops)
  • Wānanga 1 and 5 require a COMPULSORY overnight stay at a local Marae
  • Attendance at all of the 1-hour, one on one coaching sessions with your assigned Indigenous Coaching Executive (ICE) – 4-7 coaching sessions in total
  • Completion of the rōpū project activities

Suggested workplace activities will be discussed at the end of each formal learning module. These are designed to support you in taking your learning back into the workplace. Some activities may require the support of your manager.