A unique and culturally enriching experience for New Zealand and Chinese students to be held in Christchurch 2019

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Winners of the Sister Cities New Zealand award for best youth event in 2018 (Qingdao) and recognised as an official youth event for the 2019 China New Zealand Year of Tourism


2019 Youth Leadership Summit

Christchurch city is the 2019 host for the Summit with student delegates in residence at the beautiful St Andrew’s College in the heart of the city.


2019  dates

Summit only: 13 – 18 July 2019
Summit and Showcase Christchurch Day: 13 – 19 July
Summit and Special Topic Days 13 – 23 July



Summit:  St Andrew’s College, Christchurch  New Zealand
Special Topic Days: Christchurch, Queenstown, Dunedin (Taieri College, host school)


An exciting cultural immersion experience for New Zealand students

We need a new generation of global citizens, 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?



Please contact us for current fee details.


Who can attend

Students attending  high school (Years 11, 12 and 13) or first year of tertiary studies (college or university) from China and New Zealand. Ages 15 to 20 years. Students not located within a sister city or sister school may also apply. Applications must be supported by your school with attached references.



Stephen Jacobi, New Zealand China Council
Alistair Crosier, Former New Zealand Consul General, PR China
Annie Kennedy (Whitley), Capability Group
Sam Brosnahan, University of Canterbury Student’s Association
Okirano Tilaia, Head Boy, Cashmere High School
Shireen Chua, Third Culture Solutions
Josh Zhang, Shinyway Education, PR China
Jan Fitz-Gerald, Institute of Global Engagement New Zealand

Two further speakers pending


2019 program and application

Download the second edition of the program 2019 Youth Leadership Summit Christchurch, as at 10 June 2019

Download the  Application for registration for the 2019 Youth Leadership Summit

Enquiries to summit@globalengagement.ac.nz

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“The Summit was a lot more that just a two week trip, it was one of the best trips I’ve ever been on. The people we met along the was were amazing and the activities we got to do were incredible, while learning so much. I’m so privileged to have come on this trip and would have changed a thing. Its organised perfectly and we all had the best time.”

Lukas Scowen, Western Heights High School, Rotorua