About the National Young Leaders Days

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.

The National Young Leaders Days (NYLD) are 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


Primary and intermediate school registration

$45.00 per student (Before Friday 9th April 2021)
$49.00 per student (After Friday 9th April 2021)

Adult registration
$25.00 per adult

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

From the Prime Minister


In my job, I’ve been really lucky to get around New Zealand and meet so many of our talented and ambitious young people. Your generation is full of future leaders: you care deeply about the future of our country, you’re ready to tackle the challenges our world is facing, and I know you will be the ones making change in the near future. I hope you grab every opportunity you can, and trust and believe in yourself that you can do it!

Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern

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.