Mataura’s Wyntre Coleman-Clarke is this year’s Gore District Council Tuia programme mentee.
Last year her brother, Matutaera Coleman-Clarke, also of Mataura, and Carrie Clifford, of Waikaka, took part in the programme.
Participants in the programme for Maori aged from 18 to 25 have the opportunity to attend Tuia leadership wananga (forums) and be mentored by Gore Mayor Tracy Hicks.
Ms Coleman-Clarke (23) said she wanted to do the programme last year but when her brother applied for the programme she decided to wait.
Of Ngati Porou, Ngai Rangiwewehi and Te Whakatohea descent, Ms Coleman-Clarke attended her first wananga earlier this month at Te Kuiti pa, near Hamilton.
“It’s all about whakawhanaungatanga, which is just getting to know everyone and more about what Tuia is about and how you can help shape future leaders,” Ms Coleman-Clarke said.
The wananga was an interesting experience.
“It was a real eye-opener to see so many like-minded young adults who shared different passions and came from different walks of life.”
Ms Coleman-Clark was born in Gore and had lived most of her life in Mataura, she said.
She worked at Triflor New Zealand in Edendale and enjoyed her work.
“I love it.
“I think if you have good people to work alongside then it makes the job fun.”
Part of the programme involved taking part in 100 hours of community work and she was looking forward to finding out where she could help.