Master of Advanced Leadership Practice social enterprise placements

In a unique initiative, as part of your study towards a Master of Advanced Leadership Practice (MALP), you will be partnered with a social enterprise.

It is a mutually beneficial arrangement – with you as a master's participant gaining as much from the relationships as the Social Enterprise gains from your knowledge of business and the corporate world.

The objective is to help you become a leader of the future – both developing and contributing to the “new economy” and a new societal and sustainable leadership in New Zealand.

MALP students and partners talk about the placement

How it works

The placement is for 9 hours every month during your study towards the MALP, with participating social enterprise organisations coordinated through the The Warehouse Group Community Engagement, Akina Foundation and BACS. 

You will be expected to participate actively in the organisation, sharing your leadership and management skills, while learning more about the great initiatives and unique issues not-for-profits and other social enterprises face.

Many current MALP students have enjoyed the experience so much they are looking to continue their support beyond the placement, pulling back as the social enterprise organisation gains in strength.

Types of social enterprises involved

The organisations involved are varied. Heart-wrenching and warming stories have come from The Clothing Collective, Love Local vegie growers delivering fresh produce to those without (whilst holding down full time jobs) and OUTline NZ supporting the Rainbow community with little funds and a huge amount of humanity in their tiny Ponsonby office. See full list below.

Great outcomes

We have seen some transformational changes in our participants’ views of leading through these relationships, many of which go beyond their initial 5-9 hours per month.

After reviewing the programme, Shari French,The Warehouse Group's Community Support Manager, Akina Foundation’s Shona McElroy and Julie Donvin-Irons from BACS have found it has had positive outcomes for both the organisations and MALP participants.

Massey Business School's MALP programme is on the invitation list to present our findings on placement benefits to leader development at the Social Enterprise World Forum in September 2017 in Christchurch.

Participating organisations

  • Father and Child Trust
  • Auckland YWCA – Youth mentoring
  • COMET Auckland Education Trust
  • OUTLineNZ supporting the Rainbow community
  • Womens Refuge
  • Love Local Invercargill
  • Bigbrother Volunteers New Plymouth
  • GeneNow Financial Literacy
  • The Clothing Collective
  • Resource Rescue – recycling and so much more
  • Fabriko Creative – Tech and creativity for everyone
  • Film for Change  - A Voice for Change 
  • The Chariot Project – Winning in wheelchairs

More information

To find out more about the social enterprise initiative and applying for the Master of Advanced Leadership Practice, or if you are a social enterprise that would like to get involved, contact us below.

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Social enterprise partnerships in action

Dr Ang Jury of the Women's Refuge

"I thoroughly enjoyed working with Megan and believe the time we spent together was of huge benefit ... and would have no hesitation in recommending participation to others."

partnered with

Megan Buckley of NZ Nurses Organisation

"My role was to learn about how the SE worked, its structure and people, what the complexities and achievements were and what the next steps were for the organisation."

Mat Scott of the Father and Child Trust


"Dan was pragmatic and at times very direct. He gave some valuable personal advice which enabled a clear forward focus."

partnered with

Dan Walker of Dell

"It was enlightening to see how their passion for helping men through their roles as parents was bigger than monetary gain or personal interest."


Trevor Easton of OUTLine NZ

"I shared any resources and information about our organisation and the issues we faced. I found it to be a very interesting and rewarding exercise."

partnered with

Colin Tuaa of Best Pacific Institute of Education

"I believe that through this relationship I was able to help Trevor see these key issues with more clarity amongst all the other challenges Trevor deals with on daily basis."

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