He Waka Unua

Coaching and mentoring

Make meaningful change in your professional and personal life with coaching and mentoring at CORE.


“Tātai ki runga, tātai ki raro, tātai aho rau,
haumi e, hui e tāiki e”

I draw energy from above, I draw energy from below,
the energies entwine, our presence is acknowledged.



Whether you are a principal, across school lead, kaiako, RLTB or wanting to make meaningful change in your professional and personal life, He Waka Unua is here for you.

Our kaiārahi, experienced coaches and mentors, are here to champion you, provide support, listen and challenge you to be the best you can be whilst navigating your own journey.

They aim to be non-directive in their approach, only providing advice when asked for and utilise a repertoire of skills and frameworks to enable you to identify and set desired goals and take the steps towards fulfilling them.

Our values

Our kaiārahi have a heartfelt and genuine commitment to realising potential and nourishing people through commitment to the following values:

Korero Tahi Kōrero Tahi: being an effective listener and communicator; remaining curious and open.

Whanaungatanga Whanaungatanga: building relational connections and creating a sense of belonging.

Manaakitanga Manaakitanga: caring for each other and showing compassion.

Whakamana Whakamana: having hope and optimism, positive intent and a realistic world view.

Humarietanga Hūmarietanga: relationships with humility and offering support in a humble way.

Rangatiratanga Rangatiratanga: taking personal responsibility and ownership for your own agency.

Kaitiakitanga Kaitiakitanga: protecting, nurturing and supporting growth, confidence and self care.

Wairuatanga Wairuatanga: forming a wairua together and providing a safe space for coming together.

How it works

We can work with both individuals and groups.


We offer 2 standard packages:

  • 6 x 1 hour sessions for $1300 +gst
  • 12 x 1 hour sessions for $1900 +gst

(both include the preparation and follow up that each kaiārahi does in between sessions)


For groups (2-5 people working together) we also offer 2 standard packages:

  • 6 x 1 hour sessions for $1900 +gst
  • 12 x 1 hour sessions for $3200 +gst

Alternatively, we can put together a personalised package to suit your needs and budget. For this we work on a per hour charge out rate.

We have a range of payment options available too. So give us a call to find out more.

Coaching and mentoring example scenarios


Coaching and mentoring example scenario 1

Simon is in his first year as principal of Kiwi School. He is struggling to understand the leadership role, and, due to changes that are happening within the school, keeps missing the compliance deadlines. He does a search online and comes across CORE's coaching and mentoring programme, with a focus on leadership...

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Coaching and mentoring example scenario 2

Hinerangi is leading a newly formed Community of Learning | Kāhui Ako. The Kāhui Ako has a variety of ethnicities within their leadership group and is in an area that has a high Māori population. Within their group, they are looking for support to develop their leadership capabilities through a Māori lens...

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Coaching and mentoring example scenario 3

Rochelle recently became Head of Department at Kiwi High School. She feels she has the skills for the job but is having feelings of imposter syndrome, and concerns about her ability to carry out the role. For fear of making herself vulnerable, and possibly risking being seen as incapable of doing the job, Rochelle doesn’t want to confide in anyone in the school...