Sir Paul Reeves Memorial Lecture

Our annual Sir Paul Reeves Memorial Lecture

Sir Paul Reeves Memorial Lecture

One of our flagship events is the Reeves Lecture. Beginning in 2012, the Reeves Lectures commemorate Sir Paul Reeves, an outstanding leader and visionary and are designed to provide commentary on New Zealand's progress as a nation. They are a draw card for thinking New Zealanders wanting to engage in shaping a positive future. Leadership New Zealand organises the Lecture in partnership with AUT University and Radio New Zealand.


Last year we were honoured to have Tame Iti join us. Tame presented From the Raindrop to the River to the Sea where he discussed the concept of mana and how this empowers all people to transcend concepts of authority. He also explored the methods employed by Tuhoe where decisions for the iwi start with the whanau and push their way up. The Lecture was held in the Sir Paul Reeves Building at AUT on 9 November. Find out more about this event here.

Speakers to date include Rt. Hon. Helen Clark who reflected on the Promise and Challenge of 2015; Dr Mary Quin speaking on Dairy, Digital and Drones - Innovations Creating our Future; Professor Richard Faull who Imagined Tomorrow's World; and Dame Anne Salmond, New Zealand's foremost historian and anthropologist, who gave the inaugural Lecture on the dramatic changes in New Zealand's thinking that are required to shape our future.

The Sir Paul and Lady Reeves Scholarship Fund was also launched in 2012 in the loving memory of Sir Paul. This fund enables scholarships for those who would otherwise be unable to, take part in Leadership NZ’s Programme  

We believe there should be no unreasonable economic barrier for an individual to participate, and so scholarships are an essential part of ensuring the diversity of participants in our Programme.  

Leadership NZ and our scholarship recipients would greatly appreciate your support.  You can make an on-line donation here or contact us on 09 309 3749.

If it had not been for a scholarship, Olive Brown may not have been able to participate in the Leadership NZ leadership programme. You can read her story here »