Apply to be part of the Mana Tangata Tech Leadership programme today and get paired with a tech industry mentor to help you on your journey in figuring out how technology can be part of your future. 

The Mana Tangata programme selects 30 students from underserved communities around New Zealand and guides them on their paths to become future technology leaders. 

Participants are paired with a mentor who is currently working in the science and technology sector who helps them developing core leadership skills as well as learning with them about a tech field of their choice.

The programme starts in April 2018 and will run for 6 months.  

What's Involved?

  • OMGTech!’s Youth Leadership programme kicks off with a hands on interactive training workshop through a weekend course held in Auckland in April.  We look after getting all our mentees to this. 
  • This is then followed by 6 months of being paired with a mentor who is currently working in the science and technology sector.
  • Through this mentorship youth will develop core leadership skills as well as further their learning journey in the tech field of their choice. They will understand where they could go and how they can get there.
  • OMGTech! will also provide the platform & resources for the leaders, as part of the programme, to set up a technology focused initiative within their local communities, This can be a youth focused event  as at a library, Marae, school or community centre or a tech project aimed at helping their community through technology.  This will be a student led initiative that will feedback into the community the leadership and tech skills that the youth has gained during the programme.


Applications Open

Applications Closed

Shortlisted youth phone interviews

Places confirmed

Launch & Welcome event *

Programme runs till the end of the 3rd term

12 March 2018

13th April 2018

9 - 14th April 2018

15th April-17th April 2018

27th - 28th April 2018



*Please note to participate in the programme you must be able to attend the launch event weekend

Hear from some of the participants of last year's programme


To participate in the youth leadership you will need to be between 14 and 18 years old and be able to demonstrate how you come from an underserved part of Aotearoa NZ.  Priority will be given to those applying who can identify with one or more of the following criteria:

Are at a Decile 1 - 4 school; are Maori or Pasifika; identify as female; come from a rural area; or any other demonstratable need for this programme. 

The kaupapa behind this work is to connect rangatahi who otherwise would not have access to someone in the tech industry. We understand that your unique situation may also mean you should participate so please if you feel this is the right programme for you apply. 

How to Get involved

STEP 1: Apply by using our entry form below.

STEP 2: Get a friend and a parent or teacher to write you a short testimonial telling us why you are perfect for the programme and send that to us. 

If you have any more questions please feel free to email