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A bit about us

We believe that good leadership requires more than an impressive resume and a strong personality; there must be something in you that can justify the loyalty and commitment of those who follow.  The philosophy of Aspiring Leaders’ Forum on faith and values is that serving others is the best foundation for meaningful lives, healthy communities and leadership. The Forum aims to explore the personal character foundations of integrity, humility, commitment, courage and aroha – all of which enable us to live for something greater than self-interest.


The Forum was birthed thirteen years ago from a desire by political, business and community leaders to take a proactive approach in developing the next generation of leaders. A large community of volunteers across Aotearoa New Zealand is involved in serving Aspiring Leaders’ Forum year to year. These volunteers work alongside the part-time office staff, based in Auckland. The Board of The New Zealand Leaders’ Trust governs the Forum.


Aspiring Leaders’ Forum is a catalytic event that brings together a hundred-plus young people each year. However, the conversations, friendships and call to action do not stop with the end of the Forum event. The ever-growing alumni community is invited to stay engaged with other projects organised by the New Zealand Leaders’ Trust and by fellow alumni.


  • To challenge and inspire young leaders to think proactively about leadership.
  • To encourage aspiring leaders to examine the faith and values that inform their approach to leadership.
  • To invest in young leaders by offering them life-changing experiences and mentoring.
  • To help establish relationships between Aotearoa New Zealand’s current and future leaders.
  • To provide opportunities for meaningful cross-cultural interaction.
  • To see an increase in active community service across Aotearoa New Zealand.
  • “One of the best experiences of my life. I will remember my group and group leaders forever.”

    John Kelly // Delegate
  • “I appreciated that ALF wasn’t a ’10 steps to becoming a fab leader’. There are endless successful leadership styles and I feel ALF celebrates that.”

    Imogen Maddock // Delegate
  • “It is so easy to forget the heart and values of leadership, but this Forum changes 100+ people every year for the rest of their life.”

    Jason Sebastian // Small Group Facilitator

Aspiring Leaders’ Forum is endorsed by the following Members of Parliament:

Hon Amy Adams
Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi
Todd Barclay
Andrew Bayly
David Bennett
Steffan Browning
Hon Chester Burrows
Rt Hon David Carter
Dr David Clark
David Clendon
Hon Dr Jonathan Coleman
Hon Judith Collins
Hon Clayton Cosgrove
Hon David Cunliffe
Clare Curran
Kelvin Davis
Jacqui Dean
Matt Doocey
Sarah Dowie
Hon Peter Dunne

Hon Bill English
Kris Faafoi
Hon Te Ururoa Flavell
Hon Craig Foss
Marama Fox
Julie Anne Genter
Hon Paul Goldsmith
Hon Jo Goodhew
Joanne Hayes
Peeni Henare
Barbara Kuriger
Melissa Lee
Iain Lees-Galloway
Andrew Little
Jan Logie
Hon Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga
Tim Macindoe
Hon Nanaia Mahuta
Ron Mark
Tracey Martin

Mojo Mathers
Hon Todd McClay
Ian McKelvie
Clayton Mitchell
Mark Mitchell
Sue Moroney
Todd Muller
Stuart Nash
Jono Naylor
Alfred Ngaro
Hon Damien O’Connor
Simon O’Connor
Pita Paraone
Hon David Parker
Dr Parmjeet Parmar
Rt Hon Winston Peters
Dr Shane Reti
Jami-Lee Ross
Eugenie Sage
Alistair Scott

Carmel Sepuloni
David Seymour
James Shaw
David Shearer
Scott Simpson
Su’a William Sio
Hon Dr Nick Smith
Stuart Smith
Barbara Stewart
Fletcher Tabuteau
Rino Tirikatene
Lindsay Tisch
Phil Twyford
Hon Louise Upston
Hon Nicky Wagner
Louisa Wall
Poto Williams
Hon Maurice Williamson
Hon Michael Woodhouse
Dr Megan Woods