Our Programmes

Fellows Programme: Rangatahi Organised Against Racism (ROAR)

We believe tertiary-level students are poised to lead the charge to change the racial calculus. Our Fellows programme, Rangatahi Organised Against Racism (ROAR), provides scholarships, training and support in using our renowned Protocol for Courageous Conversation™. Our equity coaches support the students as they host healing sessions virtually and on-site throughout the year. Fellows are also trained to respond skillfully to racial incidents when they occur. Additionally, Fellows engage with their peers and the broader community, promoting racial healing in online platforms such as Twitter and Instagram.

Click here to learn more about the Fellows ROAR programme.

If you would like to sponsor a Fellow, please click here to donate today.

Sarah Smith


Community groups are the heartbeat of our society. When equipped with the right tools, grassroots organisers, whānau, hapu and iwi are effective catalysts for racial healing. Through this programme, the Aotearoa Foundation provides “wraparound” support deep within communities that have been impacted by a racialised incident.

After a Courageous Conversation™ community session, participants can attend a seminar to begin to learn the skills to engage across and within racial lines using the Protocol for Courageous Conversation™. Building on this, a steering group can engage in a racial healing strategy session with our staff to develop a concrete plan of action.

The cost for this programme is koha-based depending on the size and scope of each entity and is subsidised by the generosity of our donors.



Experiencing racial tensions in your community? Looking to facilitate productive conversations about race? Our community-based programmes can help you develop a concrete plan of action.

Sarah Smith

International Race Relations Day with Dame Naida Glavish, Waipapa Marae, 2019


“If you are in a role of responsibility, you can help unravel racism…” Race Relations Commissioner, Meng Foon

“We need to find a way to have an honest, bold and uncomfortable conversation…” President of the New Zealand Law Society, Tiana Epati

“Foundations have whakapapa… Dame Mira Szászy… if she were alive today, she would be dancing in the room at the establishment of this Foundation…” Foundation Board Chair, Ripeka Evans