Emerging Leaders Programme for Kōhine (2022-23)



As part of our commitment to growing the game for women and girls, BBNZ is launching an Emerging Leaders Programme for Kōhine aged 19-25. This programme will be piloted in 2022-2023 with three regional hub programmes. It is our goal for it to become a permanent programme that can be rolled out across Aotearoa in 2023-2024 and beyond.

Through the programme, participants will identify, design, and implement a project in their local community that is of direct relevance to the growth of the game. To do this, the Kōhine will be supported through a combination of individual learning, group workshops and networking opportunities, as well as ongoing mentoring and peer-to-peer connection.

Participants will be empowered to solve local problems and develop sustainable models by learning about, and then applying, co-design and locally-led approaches to community engagement.

The Emerging Leaders Programme provides the opportunity for significant learning and growth for the participants, their local communities, BBNZ and the wider basketball community.



By the end of the programme the Kōhine will have:

  • Further developed confidence and competence in a range of leadership behaviours
  • Implemented a project in their local community
  • Participated in regular networking
  • Greater self-awareness
  • Access to mentoring
  • Feel empowered to navigate their communities.
  • Motivated and empowered to lead in Basketball



  • 19-25 years old
  • Those who identify as female
  • Committed to the programme requirements, and giving back to their communities
  • Available to attend two national residentials and key programme activities in one of three regional hubs of Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch



  • We are looking for people who want to make a difference
  • A cross-section of participants with a wide range of experience, views, and diversity
  • Evidence of commitment to developing self and others
  • Awareness of challenges and opportunities Women & Girls face in basketball
  • Clear sense of passion
  • Creative and innovation
  • Willingness to improve sports offerings available to communities


Benefits of the programme

  • Kōhine feel supported and valued as equal members of the basketball community.
  • Nurturing a social learning space where Kōhine can interact in a non-judgmental environment.
  • Building partnerships and capability to pilot new approaches and programmes tailored specifically to address the unique needs of Kōhine.
  • Identifying and empowering local female leaders/role models to lead the implementation of new initiatives on the ground.
  • Kōhine will be supported to solve local problems and develop sustainable models through co-designed locally-led basketball initiatives. The combination of individual learning, teamwork and collaboration, and project planning, provides the opportunity for significant learning and growth for both the Kōhine, their local communities, BBNZ and the wider basketball community.


Programme Elements and key dates:

National Residential: Residentials are an integral part of the learning process and will be designed to meet the needs of the learners. Residentials are set well in advance and include two two-day sessions; attendance is critical to maximise learning.

  • First residential – 16/17 July 2022 in Christchurch
  • Second residential – 25/26 February 2023 in Wellington

WISPA/IWG conference: A chance for Kōhine to connect with a community of action through a conference. They will have an opportunity to hear the world’s best insights, case studies, toolkits, ideas, and stories of change. Optional attendance, note there will be an online option available.

  • 14-17 November (3 days) in Auckland

Regional network opportunities: Informal opportunities for Kōhine to meet in their regional settings provide opportunities for the Kōhine to define, frame, and communicate their key challenges and receive support from their peers. The sessions allow the Kōhine to have time to reflect on their experiences and to explore ways of doing things differently.

  • July, August, October, December, January (days TBC)

Online Hui: Online opportunities for Kōhine to connect. These sessions will be shaped by Kōhine. These sessions will allow the Kōhine to have time to reflect on their experiences and to explore ways of doing things differently.

  • September, November, January (days TBC)

Support system (Mentoring): Support systems are a vital element allowing the Kōhine to learn from key people in their community and their experiences, have a sounding board, and gain additional support to achieve their goals.

Personal development opportunities: Kōhine will work with the BBNZ Community Leads to identify areas of personal development. They will then have the opportunities to seek further development in these areas.

Community Project: Kōhine will undertake a project in their region that is substantive and of direct relevance to the growth of basketball, and particularly issues relating to basketball. This is a key part of their participation in this programme.


Application Process:

  • To apply for this programme, please click here and fill out the online form.
  • Applications close Tuesday 7 June 2022, and we will be back in touch with you by the beginning of July (at the latest).
  • If you are successful, you will be expected to attend all the online and face to face connections. Please only apply if you believe, at this stage, you will be available to attend all of the programme. Applications are open to any kohine that meet the eligibility criteria above.
  • The 2022/23 programme is a pilot initiative based on BBNZ staff available to deliver and support participants and programme delivery based in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.
  • Successful applicants from outside these three regional programme hubs will be provided with a travel subsidy and/or support to attend regional hub activities. All other costs of the programme are covered by Basketball New Zealand.
  • Please note that applying for the programme does not guarantee selection. We intend to select up to 15 participants in 2022, for this pilot programme