The Ngā Wāhine Rōia Māori Mentoring Program is helping 67 wāhine Māori this year, Te Hunga Rōia Māori o Aotearoa said.
The Māori Law Society launched the program last year to help Māori women’s legal career develop through mentoring.
“We are really excited to build on the success of the 2018 program and to again provide a platform for our members to connect, learn, and to help each other achieve,” said Kate Tarawhiti, Ōtautahi representative. “We were again very fortunate for the support of senior members of the profession, without which the programme would not be possible. This included members of the judiciary, private law firms, the public sector and barristers across a range of practice areas.”
The program matches kaitautoko and ākonga based on respective goals and experiences, as well as information provided in the application process.
“Once paired, we try to encourage the pair to figure out what works for them noting that the best mentoring relationships are the ones based on trust and feeling supported. We hope that this initiative fosters better relationships between our members and provides role models to our future leaders,” Te Hunga Rōia Māori said.