26 – 29 July 2018 | WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND

The Forum

Each year Aspiring Leaders’ Forum on faith and values (ALF) brings together a diverse, gifted and courageous group of young people and its leaders to discuss leadership from a narrative point of view. All young adults that attend Forum have been nominated by someone who believes in them and are aged between 18 – 26 years old.  ALF is about encouraging young people to become better leaders in their sphere of influence – be it community, arts, business, politics or sport.  Over four days in Wellington participants will discuss why faith and values are foundational, by informing and developing one’s character and one’s leadership.

Read more information on how to nominate.



A day spent at Parliament House offers delegates a real-life glimpse into the day-to-day of Parliament, and a chance to hear up close and personally from our MPs.


Placed into groups of seven delegates, small groups form a significant dimension of the Forum providing the delegates with an opportunity to make close friendships. These friendships often become peer support-networks, helping to reinforce the ideas gained from Forum.


Keynote addresses and seminars feature senior politicians and inspiring leaders from various spheres. Past speakers have included Sir Paul Holmes, Trevor Grice, Nicola Bell, Rob Hamill, Kerre Woodham, Mark Powell, Paul Blackwell, Tuhoe Isaac, Dame Susan Devoy, Sir Ralph Norris, Tommy Kapai Wilson, Annah Stretton, Jamie Tuuta and Petra Bagust.


Accommodation and most meals take place at the James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor, one of Wellington’s premier hotels.


Held in Stokes Valley, an afternoon of community service provides an important means of putting learning into action.


A sports tournament afternoon gives small groups a chance to try their competitive team spirit against one another! And later, cowboy boots and checkered shirts light up the floor at the epic barn dance.

  • "The tenth annual Aspiring Leaders’ Forum was an event of significance. 170 young leaders and facilitators gathered from around Aotearoa New Zealand (and USA, Australia and Jordan) and discussed leadership with politicians and esteemed community, business and creative leaders.  Participants were invited into a unique environment in which to reflect upon and discover their core values and look at how this affects how one leads and ones motivation behind being in a position of leadership. ALF 2015 challenged, encouraged and stimulated young leaders of this nation to live well and lead exceptionally."

    Naomi Reese // Former Trust Manager

Andrew Bayly
David Bennett
David Clendon
Kelvin Davis
Jacqui Dean
Sarah Dowie

Hon Peter Dunne
Hon Bill English
Peeni Henare
Hon Nikki Kaye
Hon Annette King
Barbara Kuriger

Melissa Lee
Jan Logie
Tim Macindoe
Tracey Martin
Todd Muller
Stuart Nash

Hon Damien O’Connor
Simon O’Connor
Fletcher Tabuteau
Lindsay Tisch
Poto Williams
Hon Michael Woodhouse

  • “The Forum creates a unique opportunity for politicians to explain and discuss their own philosophies.  It is a unique and refreshing event in the life of Parliament.”

    Hon Bill English
    Hon Bill English // Prime Minister