About National Young Leaders Day

Leaders are often made, not simply born. We are dedicated to sparking the leadership potential that’s inside every young person through practical, inspirational events and leadership resources.

National Young Leaders Day is the largest and longest running leadership event for primary and intermediate school students. These large scale annual events aim to develop student leadership. Since 2001, more than 110,000 students have been empowered to fulfill their dreams and become great leaders at a National Young Leaders Day in New Zealand. NYLD events are also held in Australia and Singapore.

The objectives of NYLD are


The Parenting Place

NYLD is part of the youth division of The Parenting Place in New Zealand. The Parenting Place is a not-for-profit organisation with a mission to positively impact New Zealand families and young people.


Primary and intermediate school tickets

$45.00 per student (Before 13 April 2017)
$49.00 per student (After 13 April 2017)

Group Discount of $40 per ticket for 30 students or more from the same school

Adult tickets
$25.00 per adult

*All prices include GST. Ticket prices are subject to change.

From the Prime Minister


Message for 2017 National Young Leaders Day

New Prime Minister of NZ, Bill English. Photo by Mark Coote.


As Prime Minister, I really enjoy getting around the country and meeting ambitious young people who are overcoming challenges and working towards their goals. When I look at some of the talented young people in this country, I know New Zealand’s future is in good hands.

Growing up as one of 12 children on a farm, I learned that hard work and team work is what develops leadership. It doesn’t matter where you come from – whether it’s a small rural school, or a large city school, when you believe in yourself you can achieve whatever you set your mind to.

When aspiring young leaders ask me for advice, I tell them not to be afraid of failure or of hard work because with the backing of your family, you can achieve your goals. It’s important to be respectful of others and help them achieve their dreams too – that’s what being a leader is about.

I’m confident about New Zealand’s future. As Prime Minister, I meet so many impressive young New Zealanders and I want New Zealand to be the place where they can fulfil their potential.

Rt Hon Bill English

Prime Minister of New Zealand


The students

Every year, thousands of the country’s brightest students and their teachers attend a National Young Leaders Day. Schools select students who demonstrate leadership potential and qualities to attend NYLD. Some schools send their top student leaders such as student councilors, captains, vice-captains and prefects. The event programme will benefit any student who demonstrates a willingness to develop their leadership skills. Parents are also able to bring their own children to a National Young Leaders Day. Every student who attends NYLD will receive a certificate of participation, which will be sent out after the event.

The programme

NYLD events include motivational talks from great New Zealand leaders, question times, videos, music and interactive activities. The speaking team consists of leaders in business, sport, politics, community service, science and the arts. There is a strong sense on the day that the baton is being passed, as an older generation of leaders imparts their wisdom into the emerging generation of young leaders. The message of the day develops, as students are challenged not only to reach their own personal goals but the goals of those they are leading.