Talofa Lava, Tena Koe  

Our core theme for 2014 is Creative Leadership and the year is shaping up to be a very innovative one! Creativity is ‘an electrifying force that defines, shapes, and initiates new ways of being, seeing and transforming the world’. 

Once again I have many things to tell you about:
  • My attendance at the The CSCLeaders programme in March.
  • In Leadership Week we will bring you another Dinner with a Difference: a Creative Leadership experience, so lock 2nd July into your diaries!  Thanks again to AUT Business School and Curative for contributing their creative genius to bringing this event to life! 
  • The new format for this newsletter, and you might notice a subtle change in our LNZ brand. Look out for the big reveal in Leadership Week.
For all the details click here »

Enjoy reading all our other news and features. And please do stay connected with us - we appreciate getting your ideas, feedback, and for those of you online, you can find us on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter @leadershipnz.

Nga mihi nui

Sina Wendt-Moore
Chief Executive


Queen’s Birthday Honours – Congratulations!

Congratulations to Leadership NZ alumni Minnie Baragwanath (2007) and Rachel Noble (2012) for their appointment as Members of the New Zealand
Order of Merit (MZNZ).

We acknowledge Minnie (for services to people with disabilities) and Rachel (for services to the deaf) for the valuable work they do in leading the way in delivering services in their areas of passion and expertise.

Upcoming Events

Leadership Week 2014  

Dinner with a Difference, 2 July Auckland

We are hosting our annual Leadership Week event on 2 July 2014 from 5.30pm at AUT’s Sir Paul Reeves Building.

Following the success of our sell-out 2013 Dinner with a Difference, we are creating another unique leadership experience – Dinner with a Difference – Creative Leadership.

The format of the event will be thought provoking, an evening of sharing and exploring what creative leadership means. Throughout the evening there will be a mix of inspiring speakers, performances and the collaborative creation of a special installation piece. We will explore how creative leadership can push boundaries, find new ways of doing things, capture imagination and ultimately help lead change.

You can find all the details and book at 

Lifewise Big Sleepout 

Lifewise Big Sleep Out, 3 July Auckland

On the 3rd of July a bunch of influential Kiwis will take a public stand against homelessness at the annual Lifewise Big Sleepout. They will be stripped of their creature comforts, exposed to the elements and given first hand insight into what it means to ‘sleep rough’. This night aims to raise critical awareness and funds for Lifewise’s highly successful ‘no band aids’ approach to homelessness. Many lives have been and will continue to be turned around as a result.

This year spotlight is on youth homelessness. After all young people (up to 24 years of age) make up half of New Zealand’s homeless population!

Lifewise is keen to hear from any Leadership NZ alumni interested in taking part in this very unique leadership event.

You can find all the details at

Festival for the Future (FFTF14)

Save the Date 5-7 September 2014, Auckland

Festival for the Future is NZ’s premier national event to grow the next generation of innovators. They are working with NZ’s best organisations to catalyze a movement of young people who can, and will change the world. 

Leadership NZ is proud to continue its support for this great event.

To find out all the details and secure early bird tickets click here »

Food for thought

2014 Programme Reflection

Session Two – Our People: A Civil Society

Programme participant John Skurr shares his experiences and thoughts on Session Two held at Fo Guang  Shan Buddhist temple in Flat Bush.

Read the full article here »

2014 Programme Reflection

Session Three – Our Roots, Our History

Programme participant Nick Ruane shares his experiences and thoughts on Session Three held in Northland.

Read the full article here »

 Alumni Update

Ten Years On……

Leisa Siteine was one of the participants on the first ever Leadership NZ programme in 2005.  She was the only Polynesian on the programme and as a result of the programme Leisa set herself a personal goal of becoming more involved in her culture.

You can read about how Leisa did this here » 

A Pacific Voice at the Table

Leisa Siteine’s reflection reminds us that diversity is at the core of Leadership NZ and its programme. Culture is just one aspect of diversity. It is estimated that by 2026 ten per cent of New Zealanders will have Pacific Island ancestry – making Pacific peoples our fastest growing ethnic group (other than by immigration). Our CEO, Sina Wendt-Moore was one of four Pacific business leaders who spoke to boardroom about how their culture has influenced them and why decision-makers need to listen to a strengthening Pacific.

You can read their stories here »


SkillsBank is the “give back” part of Leadership NZ were we link up alumni with not for profit organisations to provide pro bono support around a range of areas.

A common request is for assistance in finding Board members. Appoint generously assists us in facilitating these requests. For anyone considering going onto a board it’s important to consider what the role entails. The IOD in New Zealand provide an overview of the role of the New Zealand director today and the areas covered are just as relevant for not for profit organisations.

You can read this overview here »

Alumni Pay it Forward

Part of Leadership NZ’s ethos is that Alumni make a commitment to “pay it forward”.

This can be done in many ways which include speaking at, hosting and sponsoring Leadership NZ sessions and events, financial donations, being a member of ARG, volunteering for SkillsBank projects, being a Trustee, providing voluntary support to Leadership NZ etc.

We wish to acknowledge and thank the following Alumni who have generously supported Leadership NZ across all these activities during the period 16 March  – 23 May 2014.
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