It has been a whirlwind quarter full of rich experiences and opportunities to engage and connect


Talofa Lava, Tena Koe  

It has been a whirlwind quarter full of rich experiences and opportunities to engage and connect in conversations focussed on stretching our thinking and activating new ways of leading!

As always I have many things to tell you about!
For all the details click here »

Wishing you all a successful final quarter of 2014 (I can’t believe it’s gone so fast)! Please stay connected with us - we value getting your ideas, feedback, and for those of you online, you can find us on LinkedInFacebook and Twitter @leadershipnz.

Sina Wendt-Moore
Chief Executive



Congratulations to Leadership NZ alumnus Philip Patston (2012) who was awarded the inaugural Arts Access Accolade acknowledging his life-long commitment to diversity in the arts and creativity. Philip is an inspiration to people who work with him.

You can read more about Philip and the award here »

Leadership Activities

2015 Leadership Programme Applications

We are searching for leaders to take responsibility for New Zealand's future….  Leadership New Zealand provides a unique opportunity for diverse leaders from across all sectors of society to engage with New Zealand's senior leaders in conversations about the issues of greatest concern to New Zealand's future, creating a platform for deep personal growth and insight.

Applications for the 2015 Leadership Programme are now open and close on 19 September 2014.

We are encouraging early applications. Details are posted on our website »

Leadership Week 2014

- Dinner with a Difference

We hosted our annual Leadership week event on 2 July at AUT’s Sir Paul Reeves Building. This year it was “Dinner with a Difference – Creative Leadership”, an evening of sharing and exploring what creative leadership means.

You can check out who was there, view the speeches and photos at »


Our new look annual LEADERS magazine was released during Leadership Week. The theme of this edition focuses on Creative Leadership.

You can view LEADERS online »

If you would like a hard copy sent to you just email your name and postal address to

Sir Paul and Lady Reeves
Scholarship Fund

The Sir Paul and Lady Reeves Scholarship Fund was 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 leadership programmes.
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 at our webstore 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 »

Food for thought

Valuing Diversity of Behaviour

In organisations and teams, there is often a lack of understanding and acceptance of diversity in various forms - ethnicity; gender; length of service; thinking styles; values etc.

One significant factor that can get in the way of effective working is a lack of awareness about how to work with people who are of a different behaviour (some might call it personality) style to you.

You can read more thoughts from Altris (Leadership NZ Supporting Partner) here »

 Session Four Programme Reflection

– Our Economy 

Programme participant Cheryl Ingram-Clark shares her experiences and thoughts on Session Four held at Massey University, Palmerston North.

Read the full article here »  

Session Five Programme Reflection

– Sustaining our Wellbeing and Values 

Programme participant Maria Henry shares her experiences and thoughts on Session Five held in Christchurch and Hanmer Springs.

Read the full article here »

Session Six Programme Reflection

– Forces that Shape our Thinking 

Programme participant Darrin Brinsden shares his experiences and thoughts on Session Six held in Auckland.

Read the full article here »

Class of 2012 Retreat

– April 2014

Leadership for the Future

In early April, 17 members of the 2012 Leadership NZ (LNZ) Alumni gathered at Waiheke Island’s beautiful Piritahi Marae for a weekend retreat.  

When asking the attendees what their highlights were, it was unanimous that one of the most wonderful things was to reconnect with each other again – not just socially, but to dive back in to the mind-expanding, challenging, deep thinking framework that we know and love from LNZ.

You can find out more here »

Class of 2013 Retreat

– June 2014


In late June members of the Leadership New Zealand (LNZ) 2013 programme met on Waiheke Island for its two day retreat. This was something we had been looking forward to for a long time and for me, it felt like a homecoming of sorts back on our ‘island’...

Arthur Grooby reflects on his year’s catch-up here »

Pay it forward

Alumni Update 

- A powerful waterfall starts with one drop

Inspired by the 2012 Leadership New Zealand group’s Northridge declaration, Andrew Sharp, (then General Manager of Soanar based in Sydney) felt compelled to act on what he had learnt throughout the year. He focused on his leadership journey and messages from inspiring speakers who came and addressed their group.  Having increased his appreciation and understanding of a wider community within NZ, he wanted to give back in some way whilst still living overseas.  Andrew decided to take action and with his wife Simone realised that while they didn’t have the resources of Bill Gates, they could still make a difference.

You can read about how Andrew did this here »


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

Through SkillsBank, Leadership NZ Alumnus Mark Dunlop joined the Huntington’s Disease Association Auckland (HDAA) in late 2009, taking on the Chair role in 2010. (The seeds for Mark’s involvement were sown by Professor Richard Faull when he spoke to participants of our 2009 Leadership programme).

Mark remains heavily involved and you can read about his and HDAA’s journey since this time 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 24 May – 22 August 2014.

Read more »
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