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The Muslim Leadership Wānanga

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18-20 June 2021

Registrations close Sunday 18 April

The Muslim Leadership Wānanga

The Muslim Leadership Wānanga 2021 is a three day gathering of emerging Muslim leaders in Aotearoa New Zealand. 

Across New Zealand, there are incredible people and groups working to nurture, inspire and build their communities. 

Through our work on the ground, we experiment, learn, make mistakes and grow while we build the foundations of the Muslim community in New Zealand. We also pave the way for future generations to grow up in a more inclusive and equitable Aotearoa. 

Most of our learning is by doing and while this is really important in community development, consequently we don’t get a chance to sit back, reflect on our work and connect with others. 

The Muslim Leadership Wānanga is a chance to bring us together to explore ideas around community development and leadership as Muslims in Aoteaora, New Zealand. 

The theme of the weekend is “Nurturing Communities”. 

The wānanga will involve inspiring speakers, workshops by experts in community development and a chance to share with each other as to the initiatives in our communities and lessons learnt. 

We will inspire each other, build networks and relationships that will encourage us as we continue to work on the ground wherever we are in Aotearoa, New Zealand.  

The programme is aimed at people working on initiatives in their communities between the ages of 18 and 40. 

Ideally you’ll be working with a group of people so that you can attend the wānanga together.

Applications from individuals will also be considered.


The Agenda

An Inspiring Weekend


A $100.00 registration fee applies. This is a subsidised cost.

Participants must cover their own travel and accommodation costs. Financial assistance is available. To request financial assistance please fill out the relevant section of the application form.


All attendees are eligible for a special accommodation rate with IBIS, a 5 minute walk from the venue. The cost is $102.00 per night and each room has two double beds.


Registrations close on Sunday 18 April. Spaces are limited and so we anticipate a shortlisting process will be necessary. Shortlisting will be based on the answers to the questionnaire in the application form.

Register for the Wānanga

Key Dates



Friday 6pm – 9pm | Parliament

  • Welcome from organisers.
  • Information about the weekend and the initiative.
  • Whakawhanaungatanga: Getting to know each other.
  • Dinner.

Find our more about the wānanga



Saturday 9am – 5pm | Te Papa

  • Whakawhanaungatanga: Getting to know each other continued.
  • What does an islamic model of community led development look like – Part 1
  • Strength based community led development models and strategies.
  • Leadership in Te Ao Maori



Sunday 9am – 3pm | Te Papa

  • What does a muslim leadership profile look like?
  • Strength based community led development models and strategies – Part 2
  • Reflections and next steps.
  • Farewell

Our Funders

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

Charities Number: CC52495