Deidre Otene

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I believe
in investing in our future leaders.

Deidre is working with The MOKO Foundation to support and grow intergenerational Maori leadership. Alongside Dr Lance O’Sullivan she is researching and developing relevant youth leadership and governance models to build a generation of rangatahi who are leaders – now and into the future.


Text MOKO to 4644 to donate $3 to the MOKO Foundation and support Deidre’s work with our future leaders*.


Deidre Otene was a 2013 World of Difference recipient, working with Manurewa Marae – Taiohi Whai Oranga to improve health and wellbeing outcomes for Rangatahi through a marae-based community hub. In 2016, Deidre  received the Vodafone Fellowship and moved to her Papa Kainga in the far north to work with The MOKO Foundation.

Deidre’s vision is that young people will have the skills and experience to lead and govern at local, national and international levels and the youth sector will be made up of sustainable organisations, providing strengths- based solutions to intergenerational issues.

*Please note: each text will automatically charge your mobile account $3, please ask the bill payer or mobile account holder. This service is only available until the 31st January 2018.