Applications & FAQs

Programme Applications & FAQs

We are searching for leaders to take responsibility for New Zealand's future… 

Each year we bring together up to 36 mid-career senior leaders from the government, corporate, small and medium enterprise, social enterprise and not-for-profit sectors of New Zealand. They represent the cultural, gender and geographic diversity of New Zealand. Over 10 months, we connect this generation of leaders with leaders of the wisdom generation and subject-matter experts for leadership dialogue, debate and learning.

A Life In Leadership

  • Take personal leadership learning beyond natural boundaries and across sectors 
  • Learn to build dialogue with other leaders from different backgrounds and viewpoints
  • Be challenged… to really listen and contemplate 
  • Be exposed to new perspectives and different environments, and begin a journey of a life of leadership in your organisation, with your teams and within your community
  • Hear the frank opinions and concerns of leaders from across New Zealand and learn from their experiences

Applicants for our Programme are invited from residents of New Zealand who

  • Are talented leaders with at least 10-15 years' experience in their sector
  • Care about New Zealand and its future
  • Have senior executive support from their organisation
  • Are able to commit (the Programme spans 10 months across NZ and attendance is essential)
  • Are committed to continuing their leadership growth after the Programme via community involvement and/or volunteering for Leadership NZ's community projects

Each cohort is drawn from diverse backgrounds and are selected based on merit. Places are limited to a maximum of 36 participants each year. Some scholarships are available to assist community leaders who would not otherwise be able to participate in the Programme. 

We are still accepting late applications to assist in building our diversity matrix which is at the core of our Programme.
Please read the information below if you are considering applying.

Application Form and Frequently Asked Questions

You can download the 2018 Application form and FAQs by clicking on the following: 

It is important that you read these threedocuments as they contain all the details about the 2018 Leadership Programme. (If you require a Word version of the 2018 Application Form please email us)

Other useful information to read includes: 

After having read all the above information you have any questions regarding the 2018 Programme, please contact Judy Whiteman on (09) 309 3749 or via email.

2017 Programme Schedule

February | Session 1
Date: Thu 23 – Sat 25 Feb, Days: 3
Theme: Opening Retreat: The Journey – Tools, Inspiration and Connecting
Location: Auckland

March/April | Session 2
Date: Thu 30 Mar – Sat 1 Apr, Days: 3
Theme: A Civil Society – Our Roots, Our History
Location: Kaikohe

May | Session 3
Date: Thu 4 – Sat 6 May, Days: 3
Theme: A Civil Society – Our People
Location: Auckland

June | Session 4
Date: Thu 8 – Sat 10 Jun, Days: 3
Theme: Forces that Shape our Thinking: Governance and Media
Location: Wellington

July | Session 5
Date: Thu 27 – Fri 28 Jul, Days: 2
Theme: Our Rural Economy
Location: Palmerston North

September | Session 6
Date: Thu 7 – Sat 9 Sep, Days: 3
Theme: Retreat: Sustaining our Wellbeing and Values
Location: Christchurch/Hanmer

October | Session 7
Date: Wed 18 – Fri 20 Oct, Days: 3
Theme: Deepening Leadership
Location: Waiheke

November | Session 8
Date: Thu 16 – Sat 18 Nov, Days: 3
Theme: Closing Retreat: Drawing the Threads
Location: Auckland

2017 Additional Dates

Please note that there could be minor amendments to these programme dates, and flexibility may be needed

Thursday 23 February
Programme Launch – Cocktail Evening, Auckland

Late June / early July (tbc)
Leadership NZ Signature Event during Leadership Week
Mid/late August
Sir Paul Reeves Memorial Lecture, Auckland

Saturday 18 November
Programme Graduation Ceremony Evening, Auckland