Welcome to the EVANZ Manaaki Mentoring Programme

EVANZ is thrilled to announce a new professional development opportunity for EVANZ members.  The EVANZ Manaaki Mentoring Programming aims to provide a supportive professional development connection between association members at different stages in their career. A mentor may share with a mentee information about his or her own career path, as well as provide guidance, motivation, emotional support, and role modelling. A mentor may help with exploring career development, setting goals, developing contacts, and identifying resources. Together, you can chart a path with the ultimate aim of giving the mentee a strong foundation for the next stage in their career.


The inaugural 2022 EVANZ Manaaki Mentoring Programme will support six mentoring opportunities over 12 months.  



We’re seeking to recruit experienced leaders from within the venues industry across a range of disciplines and areas of expertise. 

Why become a Mentor?

  • Contribute to your professional development
  • Give back to the industry by sharing your skills and experience
  • Help grow the next wave of venue professionals
  • Make a difference by helping others achieve their goals
  • Develop your coaching and leadership skills

The role of the Mentor

  • Commit to a minimum monthly session over the programme duration
  • Proactively maintain contact and encourage open communication
  • Build confidence
  • Coach and help problem-solve
  • Share experiences as learning tools
  • Encourage professionalism
  • Admit when something is out of your area of expertise
  • Offer constructive feedback
  • Maintain privacy / confidentiality
  • Provide feedback to EVANZ on your mentor experience to help refine the programme



Mentee applicants are welcome from any age and career stage and is suitable for applicants seeking a focussed venues industry specific professional development opportunity.

Why become a Mentee?

  • Contribute to your Professional development
  • Broaden your perspective and your network
  • Identity and address gaps in your knowledge and skills base
  • Receive timely feedback and advice from an impartial party vested in your success
  • Receive encouragement and support for growth and improvement

The role of the Mentee

  • Commit to a minimum of a monthly 1hr session over the programme duration
  • Take responsibility for scheduling the sessions at mutually convenient times
  • Be clear on your goal/s for this mentor programme and communicate them openly
  • Actively contribute to discussions
  • Seek and accept constructive feedback
  • Maintain privacy / confidentiality
  • Provide feedback to EVANZ on your mentee experience to help refine the programme

How it Works

Programme duration: 12 months

  • 1.     Applications for both Mentees and expressions of interest for Mentors open Monday 16th May 2022. There will be six places available in Year 1. Closing date for applications 30th June 2022
  • 2.     By 1st August 2022 you will have been matched with your Mentor and an introductory meeting will take place.
  • 3.     Monthly meetings thereafter until August 2023 when a final report will be required.
  • 4.     Mentees will attend the 2023 End of Year Conference and present on their experience. It is expected that their employer will fund their travel and registration.


Application process

Expression of interest to become a Mentor:

Mentors can self-nominate or be nominated by colleague or manager. 

Complete the online expression of interest form which includes the following:

  • Name
  • Contact details (email / phone)
  • Current organisation and role
  • What do you feel are your/the nominated person’s particular strengths?
  • What skills would you/the nominated person bring to the relationship?
  • Name and contact details of a referee.  

Application to become a Mentee

Complete the online application form which includes the following:

  • Name
  • Contact details (email / phone)
  • Current organisation and role
  • What are your main objectives in participating in the EVANZ Manaaki Mentoring Programme?
  • Are there particular skills or areas of expertise that you are seeking from a Mentor?
Letter of support or endorsement from your manager.

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