Aspiring Leaders’ Forum 29th August- 1st September 2024

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The Aspiring Leaders’ Forum on faith and values is an annual event that brings together a diverse group of committed and courageous young leaders from across Aotearoa New Zealand.  Guided by facilitators and esteemed national leaders, selected young people will discuss leadership from a narrative point of view, throughout a carefully articulated and varied four-day programme.

Our hope is that Aspiring Leaders’ Forum will build a bridge from one generation to the next, inspiring and elevating our young people’s expectations of leadership.

Aspiring Leaders'Forum Highlight 2024


The Aspiring Leader’s Forum is more than just a four-day event. Find out about upcoming alumni gatherings, service projects and other activities organised by the New Zealand Leaders’ Trust.

  • “Aspiring Leaders’ Forum gave me an inspiration and emboldening to make something of myself.”

    Eddie Tuiavii // Delegate
  • “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 // Previous Prime Minister
  • One of my highlights was hearing Rt Hon Jim Bolger speak and being inspired by his experiences as a former Prime Minister. After his talk, I felt empowered, realising that I am already equipped to be a catalyst for change. I can have an impact and bring restoration.

    Kandarp Dalal // Delegate
  • I left Aspiring Leaders' Forum with more questions than I came with. It has challenged me in my thoughts and decisions and I am so thankful that it has been able to influence a deeper reflection on the direction I am heading.

    Georgie Keene Testimonial
    Georgie Keene Testimonial // Delegate
  • I think there is so much value in gathering a diverse group of young people from a wide range of different walks of life into a room and getting them to sit down and question. Question their faith and values, what drives them, what they’re passionate about and why. And there is no more perfect time for this; the age and stage in life that the vast majority of us are at is such a pinnacle time to ponder on these questions as we navigate who we are and what/who we want to be and do with our lives.

    Emily Ridd testimonial
    Emily Ridd testimonial // Delegate
  • This forum has taught me the importance of knowing and standing firm in my identity, which is formed by my faith and values. Only once I know who I truly am will I be able to lead others around me authentically and genuinely. Leadership isn’t always easy, and there may be times when challenges are thrown at me; however, it is heartening to know that I also have a family of other leaders in different parts of New Zealand who are here supporting me.

    Francesca Long Testimonial
    Francesca Long Testimonial // Delegate