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 and citizens?
  • Can we lead together through cross-cultural harmony, respect and understanding?
  • Are you prepared for the opportunities that exist between China and New Zealand?
  • 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 and location

The New Zealand Summit has been completed and we look forward to the 2018 Summit to be held in Qingdao City  China. This is most likely to be during the July holiday period.


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 also register.



The 2018 programme will be published in early 2018.


Further information, New Zealand students

Place your name on the waiting list to join the New Zealand delegation by contacting summit@globalengagement.ac.nz

I thoroughly enjoyed the Summit. This was a fantastic opportunity to gain a better understanding of what the future holds for NZ-China relations. We not only discussed our cultural and societal differences, but also how we are alike in many ways.

I have made many new friends, both Chinese and NZ students, of whom I will stay in contact with as a result of this conference. it was a great opportunity to practice my Chinese with native speakers, and also help them with their English.

I really enjoyed hearing Graci Kim speaking about her time as a NZ diplomat in Beijing.

Mitchell Brett, ACG Parnell

Summit program


Tomorrow’s Global Leaders
Get Ready, Be Prepared
Future Ready 101
Cultural Understanding and Differences
The Next Generation of Leaders
Leadership workshop
Building Strong Relationships and Doing Business Together
Innovators and Entrepreneurs
Korero 2017,   ‘Living in the 21st Century – our world to inherit or create?’
Speeches from winners of the Chinese Bridge Proficiency Competitions,  Mitchell Brett of ACG Parnell College and Alexander Berns from Westlake Boys High School
Speech competition finals (China delegation)
Through the Eyes of Young Leaders and Interns 
Education opportunities and pathways to careers in diplomatic service, international relations and business
The World of Diplomacy and Cultural Understanding

Our sponsors and supporters

Asia New Zealand Foundation
New Zealand China Council
Languages International
Confucius Institute, The University of Auckland
Sister Cities New Zealand
New Zealand Chinese Students Association
Capability Group (leadership development)
China Capable, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade

 Special Topic Days



Environmental Conservation Day

Cultural Engagement Day

Innovation, Industry and Education Day

Adventure Day






Summit Premier Sponsor

Education New Zealand ENZ