Growing Pasifika Niu Leaders

Poetry – and acclaimed poet Selina Tusitala Marsh – are at the heart of a Pasifika leaders programme developed by Capability Group and Vector and delivered across multiple corporate organisations.

Pasifika Leadership Programme

A leading combination

The Growing Pasifika Niu Leaders programme is a combination of the best of CGL’s leadership expertise, the Pasifika “learning mat” methodology and creative poetry, creating a unique programme for emerging Pasifika leaders in the corporate sector.

Poetry as a tool of empowerment

Along with leadership theories and practices, the programme uses poetry as its primary tool of empowerment. Working with Selina Tusitala Marsh, each participant composes their own leadership poem over the course of the programme, choosing a metaphor that best represents their passions, energies, and identities.

“Through exercise-based workshops and research-based sessions, the metaphor begins to reveal more of its wisdom to each leader as they work on their poem,” Selina explains.

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Programme benefits

A transformational design

The programme runs over 10 months and includes 10 face-to-face workshops. Between workshops, participants seek to apply what they’ve learnt in their workplace and meet to reflect on their learning and coach each other on implementing new skills and tools.


Participants build leadership capability in a way that encourages them to embrace their Pasifika culture and heritage


The course connects Pasifika people sharing a similar leadership journey in a range of different organisations and industries


Participants tell of feeling empowered, and winning promotion and recognition


77% of managers believed their team member was applying their learning from the programme either effectively or very effectively


100% of managers believed any positive change in their team member’s performance and new knowledge or skills would be sustained in the long term

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“I believe more in myself and no longer have to worry about cloaking my 'Pacificness' to suit the corporate environment.”

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