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14th April 2006

Calling New Zealand’s Future Leaders

Primary, Intermediate Schools Encouraged to Send Students to The National Young Leaders’ Days

Primary and intermediate school principals and teachers wanting to develop student leadership in their schools still have time to register for The 2006 National Young Leaders’ Days for primary and intermediate students taking place throughout the country in May.

‘Stand Tall: care enough to be different’ - is the theme of this year’s day-long events taking place in Wellington (May 8), Auckland (May 11), Dunedin (May 15) and Christchurch (May 16). They follow on from the successful secondary school events which took place in March and were attended by close to 2,500 secondary school students.

The National Young Leaders’ Days provide an opportunity for young people to think about and discuss important issues and to develop skills which are so valuable throughout life. They are designed to educate, motivate and inspire the students who will hear from and interact with current high-profile leaders in a variety of fields.

This year speakers at the various events will include: Norm Hewitt – former All Black and Dancing with the Stars champion, Dr Mark Orams, executive director of the Sir Peter Blake Trust, Tawera Nikau – former Kiwi league star, Anthony Samuels – Former What Now TV presenter, Jason Gunn – TV producer and presenter, Rob Harley – TV documentary maker and Harsh Singh – cardiac surgeon.

Annette Fale, Young Leaders Foundation general manager says the Foundation’s aim is to support and assist New Zealand schools and educators with the leadership development of their students.

“We recognise there are a number of New Zealand schools that can feel isolated on their own, whether it is through geographical location, financial constraints or staff resource issues. The Young Leaders’ Days provide an environment for synergy to occur and as schools, teachers and students attend they see the impact of coming together as a larger group to be inspired and encouraged.”

Since they were introduced in 2001, the National Young Leaders’ Days have become New Zealand’s largest and most significant student leadership events. Over 28,000 primary, intermediate and secondary school students have directly been affected through attending one of the days, though the ripple effect of what they learn has benefited thousands more.

“Feedback from teachers and schools has indicated that giving participants the chance to draw on the experience and advice of high profile leaders inspires them to serve their fellow students and school,” said Mrs Fale.
Prime Minister Helen Clark says of the National Young Leaders’ Days: “Young people contribute the drive, energy and innovation which make our country an outstanding place in which to live. I hope all those attending this year’s National Young Leaders’ Days come away inspired to use their talents to the benefit of New Zealand, now and in the future.”
Students attend the National Young Leaders’ Days from government and private schools, with many travelling some distance to attend.

For specific details on who is speaking where, and for speakers’ profiles visit

Tickets cost $42 per student, $15 for each staff member or parent.
People can register online at or by phoning the Young Leaders Foundation on 0800 624 641.

All events run from 9.00am – 2.30pm.

Monday, 8 May 2006
The Events Centre, Queens Wharf

Thursday 11 May 2006
The Trusts Stadium (Waitakere Stadium)
Central Park Drive, Henderson

Monday, 15 May 2006
Dunedin Town Hall
Dunedin Centre, 1 Harrop Street

Tuesday 16 May 2006
Christchurch Town Hall
86 Kilmore Street, Christchurch

For parking and further information visit


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