Alumni Retreat

Alumni Retreat: Register Now!
12 & 13 November 2016, Wellington

Connect. Refresh. Update. Progress.

Register now for the 2016 Alumni Retreat

This Retreat has been designed to provide an opportunity for Leadership NZ Alumni to “sharpen the saw”. To reconnect with each other and to engage with the new ideas and conversations that shape Leadership NZ today within the context of our 2016 theme of Mindful Leadership.

A comprehensive programme has been put together (with the help of some Wellington Alumni). An outline of the programme is below.
We are delighted that Alumnus Sarb Johal (MC of TEDx Wellington) will be our MC for the two days and that Alumnus Christian Penny is providing Toi Whakaari as the venue.

Key things you need to know:

Date: 12 & 13 November
Location: Toi Whakaari, Wellington
Starts: 8am for 8.30am, Sat 12 November
Ends: 3.30pm, Sun 13 November
Cost: We have been working hard to keep the registration fee affordable. To achieve this we need to achieve a minimum number of registrations as follows:
$250 (incl GST) if minimum registrations of 45
$300 (incl GST) if minimum registrations of 35
(The fee includes morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea & dinner on Saturday and morning tea & lunch on Sunday).
This pricing allows for a small number of NFP Alumni to attend at a concessional rate. Requests are to be made to Judy Whiteman and will be considered on a case by case basis.
If we are unable to achieve a minimum of 35 registrations then sadly we will have to cancel the retreat.

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Registrations Update 11th Oct: The Retreat is now going ahead. The fee will be $300 (incl GST). We are still accepting late registrations. Please advise us via and also register via the link above.
Fee payment policy: please read the details below.
An interesting and exciting two days has been planned that will appeal to the diversity of our Alumni across the many years. Many Alumni have been asking for another retreat for some time and we look for your support to make this happen. We encourage you to attend and also to engage with your cohort and get as many of them to attend as possible.

Some Alumni who are unable to attend have generously made a donation towards the event to assist with enabling others to attend. If you would also like to contribute please let us know.

If you have any questions please do let us know.
Judy Whiteman
Network Connector

Programme Overview

Sat 12 November

8am for 8.30am Start - MC for the Retreat: Sarb Johal

8.30am – 10am - Welcome/powhiri/introductions (by all attendees). Led by Christian Penny (Toi Whakaari, LNZ Alumnus)

10am - Morning tea

10.30am - Framing of Mindful Leadership (Sina Wendt-Moore)

11am – 5pm - Leadership for a New World. Facilitated by Louise Marra, Programme Director, Leadership NZ. 

Themes include: 

  • Radical strategy & innovation – how we are thinking our world into being
  • You as your vessel of leadership & innovation

The session will include larger and smaller group work as well as individual reflection and experiential exercises.

Come prepared to extend!

(Lunch and afternoon tea breaks during this time)

5pm - Opportunity for approx 3- 4 Alumni to share interesting projects they are involved in.

5.30pm - Finish for the day

6.30pm for 7pm - Dinner – Dockside (Dinner is included in the registration fee. Cash bar).

Sun 13 November

8am for 8.30am start - MC Sarb Johal

8.30am - Reconnect/reflections on Day 1 (activity)

9am - Leadership NZ update – plans, data & research (Sina Wendt-Moore)

9.45am – 2.45pm - Speakers. Up to 6 leaders will be sharing their thoughts around mindful leadership in their contexts and then engage in a Q&A session with attendees. (Mix of panels and individual speakers throughout the day).

Speakers confirmed are:

  • Dr Mary Quin (Company Director, previous CEO Callaghan Innovation)
  • Professor Gary Merham (Open Polytechnic)
  • Lindis Jones (Z Energy)
  • Lt Col Terry McDonald (NZ Defence Force)
  • Gabe Davidson (Wellington Chocolate Factory)
  • Wendy McGuinness (McGuinness Institute, LNZ Alumnus)

(Morning tea andlunch breaks during this time)

2.45pm - Next steps/wrap up/closing circle/farewells

3.30pm - End/depart

NB: Some Leadership NZ Trustees, Advisory Trustees and staff may also be attending the Retreat.

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Fee payment policy

  • By registering for the Retreat you are committing to pay the fee.
  • The maximum fee will be $300 (inc GST) and the minimum will be $250 (incl GST).
  • Invoices will be issued as soon as it is confirmed the Retreat will proceed. We expect this to be around 14 October.
  • Payment of the fee will be into the Leadership NZ bank account.
  • You will have 1 month to pay the fee however in special circumstances we will consider payment made in 2 or 3 instalments. (You can discuss these arrangements with Judy Whiteman).

If after paying the fee you are unable to attend, unfortunately there will be no refund unless we have already achieved the minimum number of registrations. You are welcome to pass your registration onto another Alumni. Any refund decisions will not be made until after the Retreat.

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