Young Leaders

2014 Young Leaders Programme - Call for Applicants

Applications are now open for the Office of Ethnic Affairs’ 2014 Young Leaders Programme.

The Young Leaders Programme aims to build leadership potential and improve knowledge on how to succeed within government for young people. Successful candidates will join a diverse team of 60 young people from around New Zealand to engage in training opportunities over nine months.

Training themes include: high performance leadership training; project management and delivery; diversity and cultural awareness; machinery of government; job shadowing placements in government departments; multiculturalism and global citizenship; building relationships and networking.

The programmes will run in Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, and Christchurch, from March to November 2014. Applicants from outside of the four centres may apply, but must make their own arrangements to travel to their nearest centre to attend training sessions.

Applications close on 16 February 2014.

Who can participate?

We are seeking talented and motivated young participants, who wish to:

  • develop advanced leadership skills and techniques
  • learn about how government works
  • engage in dialogue around identity, culture and heritage
  • consolidate a vision of their future direction and make informed choices
  • be part of an alumni of young ethnic leaders around the country who can connect, support, and work with communities and government
  • become ‘diversity ambassadors’ contributing to the positive image and visibility of young ethnic people in New Zealand

To be eligible for admission into the programme, applicants must:

  • be migrants, refugees, long-term settlers or people born in New Zealand who identify their ethnic heritage as Asian, Continental European, Middle Eastern, Latin American, or African.
  • be aged 16-24 years at the time of application.
  • be based in New Zealand over the length of the programme and commit to attending training modules of up to three hours per week.
  • Have had leadership experience in the past 24 months.
  • Be interested in a future government career.
  • Hold New Zealand permanent residency or citizenship at the time of application.

How to apply?

To apply, simply click on the link that corresponds to your region, fill in the form, and submit your application.

You will also need to send us a reference from a teacher, lecturer, or community leader, and evidence of your New Zealand permanent residency or citizenship. You can find instructions on where to send these in the application form.

Good luck, and we look forward to receiving your application!

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Winning projects from the Young Leaders Programme 2014

Check out the winning projects for the Young Leaders Programme 2014.

What the 2013 programme participants have to say


Auckland Pilot Programme

Ten young participants from across the Auckland region were selected to participate in the Office of Ethnic Affairs' Young Leaders  Auckland Pilot Programme (2012-2013).

With the vision of building leadership potential and improving knowledge about how to succeed within government the programme attracted more than one hundred applicants from across Auckland.

The final participants were aged from 16 to 23, and represented different ethnicities including Chinese, African, Indian, and Afghani.

The participants were Rimon Nissan, Michelle Huang, Naima Ali, Zahra Atai, David Park, Fatumata Bah, Nive Sharat Chandran, Lincoln Dam, Shail Kaushal, and Ahra Cho.


An opening session was held in Auckland on 16 August 2012. In the subsequent nine months the participants took part in leadership training activities, which were delivered in cooperation with the Ministry of Youth Development.

These modules included advocacy and public speaking, machinery of government, diversity training, career development, project management and delivery, media training, tikanga Maori, and job shadowing opportunities in government departments.