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Nurturing Muslim Leadership in
New Zealand

 

For All of Us

We aim to build the capacity of emerging Muslim leaders working in their communities through events, programmes and professional development.

About The Collective

The New Zealand Muslim Leadership Collective is a new initiative. We aim to build the capacity of emerging Muslim leaders working in their communities through events, programmes and professional development opportunities.

The collective is an initiative of The Lote Tree Trust, a charitable trust based in Auckland, New Zealand. Find out more about Lote Tree.

The initiative is being overseen by a small working group of community workers across New Zealand from different organisations. As the initiative develops we are looking at ways to allow for wider membership.

Our first event is the Muslim Leadership Wānanga, the official launch of this initiative.
Find out more and register.

Our Objectives

Connect

Grassroots leadership in the Muslim community.

Develop

An Islamic Model of community-led development.

Grow

A skilled cohort of capable leaders.

Empower

Confident Muslim communities across New Zealand.

We Have the Power to Impact Our Future, and We’re Doing Something About It

There are many initiatives, groups and organisations serving the Muslim community around New Zealand. All of these initiatives have good intentions and are successful in their own ways. However, within all of these groups there is a lack of capacity.

Working Together

Every group has been developing through our own experimentation. To become more effective we need a more deliberate approach to build our capacity and improve our approaches to community development. We realise that there is a lot of learning to be done, and that it is best done together, with people that are going through the same challenges and exploring the same opportunities as us.

The Muslim Leadership Wānanga

18-20 June 2021

Te Papa, Wellington

$100 registration fee
financial assistance available

Find our more about the wānanga

Why is a Collective Needed?

There are many initiatives, groups and organisations serving the Muslim community around New Zealand. All of these initiatives have good intentions and are successful in their own ways. However, within all of these groups there is a lack of capacity.

Every group has been developing through their own experimentation. To become more effective we need a more deliberate approach to build our capacity and improve our approaches to community development. We realise that there is a lot of learning to be done, and that it is best done together, with people that are going through the same challenges and exploring the same opportunities as us. 

March 15 was a galvanising moment for young people in the Muslim community. We realised that we had to step up. Many young people came together in the immediate aftermath of the mosque attacks, actively volunteering and leading activities on the ground to get things done. We now realise that our independent initiatives and organisations need to increase our efforts, supporting Muslims in New Zealand to build an authentic community, in a way that reflects the realities of living in Aotearoa New Zealand.

We want to take the experience of March 15 and its aftermath to bring together a cohort of emerging community focused leaders, to further support the development of thriving, empowered Muslim communities in New Zealand. 

Our Funders

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The New Zealand Muslim Leadership Collective is a project of the Lote Tree Trust.

Charities Number: CC52495