Future Leaders

Who: People in the Far North, Whangarei, the Eastern Bay (Kawerau, Whakatane and Opotiki) and Palmerston North.
Where: NZ
When: Apr - Oct, 2017
Cost: Free
Deadline: 24 March 2017

What: Future Leaders is a programme to develop the entrepreneurial and leadership capability of young changemakers in provincial New Zealand.



By participating in Future Leaders you will build up your social entrepreneurship and leadership capability. Through a series of local and national-level training weekends, you will have the opportunity to connect, learn and work to create or support community-based initiatives that address issues faced by your community.
We will give you the tools to take a fresh approach to issues faced by your community. We will also connect you with a team of fellow Future Leaders and a raft of business and community leaders.


We have four spots on Future Leaders across each of the Far North, Whangarei, Palmerston North, and two spots in each of Opotiki, Kawerau and Whakatane (this comprises the ‘Eastern Bay’ team). That means we only have 18 spots in total across Aotearoa. If your region isn’t listed and you are keen to get involved, email our Programme Manager on anna@inspiringstories.org.nz to help us bring Future Leaders to your community!


Attendance – attend 90% of programme workshops, hui and coaching sessions, from May – September. Time commitment will vary from month to month, but expect to dedicate an average of 3-5 hours a week to participating in the programme.

Availability – be available to join the pre-programme meet and greet evening (week of 3 April), a national hui in the week of 1 May to prepare you for the Future Leaders journey, Festival for the Future (late August) and three regional hui that will incorporate community involvement (24 June, 29 July, 23 September).

Coaches – we’ll provide you with a coach to support you throughout Future Leaders. You’ll be expected to have a session with them once a fortnight and self-manage your relationship with them.


This programme is free for all our Future Leaders. The full cost of $3,750 per participant has been heavily subsidised thanks to investment by your local Council and generous sponsorship. The cost of travel and accommodation to national hui and Festival for the Future is covered, as is all your training and developing including workshops and one-on-one coaching sessions.

If you are successful, you will need to confirm your place on the programme by signing a participant agreement by 2 April.

Apply: http://www.futureleaders.kiwi/apply/