A sister city initiative for senior high school and first year university students from the People’s Republic of China and New Zealand.


We need a new generation of leaders and entrepreneurs with the skills and capacity to take on the challenge of bridging cultural differences

  • Do you see yourself as one of the next generation of global leaders?
  • Are you prepared for the opportunities that exist in China for New Zealand and New Zealanders?
  • What are the global issues of the 21st century and how will you face these together?
  • Are you keen to pursue a career in international leadership, business and engagement, foreign relations and diplomacy?


Summit dates

Summit Conference Wednesday 12 to Friday 14 July 2017 (all students)

Summit Special Topic Days  Saturday 15 July to Wednesday 19th July 2017 (visitors from China only)


Summit venue

The University of Auckland School of Business, Grafton Road, Auckland New Zealand


Who can attend

Students attending  high school or in their first year of tertiary studies (college or university) located within a sister city of  China and New Zealand. Ages 15 to 19 years. Students in sister school relationships not located within a sister city may register.



This is summarised below. A full programme is available on request and will be published from 1 July.



Students from outside Auckland may apply for homestay accommodation with an Auckland host family. This includes all meals, airport transfers and some assistance with daily Summit transport.


Further information, New Zealand students

Registration form, queries and full programme details available from summit@globalengagement.ac.nz

study tour groups

Summit program (all students)


Day one, Wednesday 12 July 2017

Opening address, Tomorrow’s Global Leaders, Jeff Johnstone,  Asia New Zealand Foundation
Get Ready, Be Prepared, Stephen Jacobi, New Zealand China Council
Global Issues, Barriers and Challenges
Cultural Understanding and Differences
Traditional Maori welcome at the University of Auckland Waipapa marae


Day two, Thursday 13 July 2017

Opening Address, The Next Generation of Leaders, Rez Gardi, 2017 Young New Zealander of the Year
Leadership workshop, Annie Whitley, The Capability Group
Building Strong and Resilient Relationships and Doing Business Together, Mike Arand, New Zealand Trade & Enterprise
Innovators and Entrepreneurs
Korero 2017,  student panel discussion,  ‘Living in the 21st Century – our world to inherit or create’ organised by Sister Cities New Zealand?’
Tour of campus and/or School of Business


Day three, Friday 14 July 2017

Speech competition finals (students from China)
Through the Eyes of Young Leaders and Interns
Are You Ready – Are you Prepared?
Closing Ceremony and Awards
Announcement of 2018 Summit location in China

Special Topic Days (China delegation)


Environmental Conservation Day, Saturday 15 July 2017

Goat Island Marine Reserve

Cultural Engagement Day, Sunday 16 July 2017

Day trip to Rotorua to spend time at Te Puia Village

Innovation, Industry and Education Day, Monday 17 July 2017

Site visits to innovative industry and education sites

Adventure Day, Tuesday 18 July 2017

Sailing on Auckland Waitemata Harbour

Final day summaries, Wednesday 19 July 2017

Including casual dinner in the evening for all students to attend



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