Manu Toa - Pasifika Leadership

MANU TOA is specifically designed to help leaders develop effective leadership skills, enabling them to make a positive impact and become influential leaders within their businesses, organisations, families and communities.


MANU TOA is a strength based approach implementing holistic indigenous Māori and Pasifika Frameworks in improving leadership,  resilience and wellbeing

At the heart of MANU TOA is building up prosperous, confident and resilient Leaders, underpinned by their indigenous values and frameworks to thrive in their work. 

West Pac Pasifika Leadership Talanoa


The foundations of MANU TOA programme is based on the Indigenous concepts of wellbeing. There are four dimensions of wellbeing created by Professor Mason Durie called Te Whare Tapa Whā and the Samoan Fonofale Model are based on a holistic values systems based on Fuimaono Karl Pulotu-Enderman and The Tongan Fonua Model based on Sione Tu'itahi. Including these indigenous theories is respecting the multicultural society that we live in Aotearoa New Zealand.

MANU TOA Holistic Leadership Blueprint


MANU TOA is a Pasifika Leadership Programme that focuses on developing effective leaders within Pasifika communities. The programme provides participants with a range of tools and strategies to help them develop their leadership skills and become more effective leaders.

Here are three important points on the following topics and outcomes covered by the MANU TOA programme:

  1. Leading Self-Leadership Development:
  • Understanding your values and belief systems is crucial to becoming an effective leader.
  • Developing a growth mindset is important for personal and professional growth as a leader.
  • Understanding mental health and its impact on thought processes is important for managing stress and building resilience.
  1. High Performance Teams Strategies-Dealing with Conflict-Enhancing Peoples sense of work-Creating a Safe Learning Environment:
  • Effective communication skills are critical for building high-performance teams.
  • Conflict resolution strategies are important for managing disagreements and maintaining positive team dynamics.
  • Creating a safe learning environment is essential for fostering a culture of growth and development.
  1. Why Diversity and Inclusion is important for organisations-Understanding your foundations-Your Why-Understanding mental health and how it impacts thought process-The affect of moods and attitudes in everyday life and strategies to cope and adapt:
  • Understanding diversity and inclusion is important for building strong, collaborative teams.
  • Understanding your foundations and your why can help you develop a strong sense of purpose and direction as a leader.
  • Developing strategies to cope with stress and adapt to changing circumstances is important for maintaining a positive attitude and staying focused on your goals.


-Leading Self

-Leadership Development

-High Performance Teams Strategies

-Dealing with Conflict

-Enhancing Peoples sense of work

-Creating a Safe Learning Environment

-Understanding your values and belief systems

-Why Diversity and Inclusion is important for organisations

-Understanding your foundations-Your Why

-Understanding mental health and how it impacts thought process

-The affect of moods and attitudes in everyday life and strategies to cope and adapt

-Developing a Growth mindset as a leader

-Effective Communication Learn how to ask open closed questions

-Understanding Body Language, Tone and influencing change

-Understanding how to communicate to different diverse personalities



Teu Le Va is a Samoan concept of psychological safety in respecting each other opinions. Discussions are based on collective respect and humility. Teu Le Va is respecting each persons opinions and that may provide in their learning and self-identity of becoming leaders in their communities and organisations.

Talanoa is a common Pasifika concept of dialogue and communication. MANU TOA provides learners with a leadership platform of Talanoa by stimulating the learning experiences by embedding theory to practical outcomes within MANU TOA holistic framework.

Implementing these frameworks is strengthening leadership through the Pasifika worldview and adapting to corporate environments. By balancing the wellbeing and challenging participants to grown into new skills, developing and fostering good relationships, improving communication and social skills and building resilience and influence in their work place.

MANU TOA provides learners with a leadership platform. Stimulating the learning experience that takes theory to practical outcomes with a holistic framework. Implementing these frameworks is strengthening leadership through the insights into leadership. For example High Performance team work, a positive mental attitude, transparent communication, adapting to new skills, developing and fostering good relationships, improving wellbeing, social skills and building resilience and leadership.

Sign up now to grow your influence and build your leadership skills and confidence to thrive.

are you Interested in mANU TOA and want to be better at leading and influencing at your work?

MANU TOA includes one on one coaching for 3-12 months, individual strategy sessions, leadership resources, mastermind events, pasifika leadership days and much much more....

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We only have space for 15 people*

date start: February 2024

how: Online and face to face for those in New Zealand

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