Senior school and first year university students from New Zealand and China will gather at St Andrew’s College in
Christchurch this July for the New Zealand China Youth Leadership Summit (13 – 20/23 July 2019) to celebrate the two
nations’ sister city links.
Delegates will learn about global issues and leadership in a cross-cultural environment and explore how they can make a
difference as future global citizens. Also on the summit itinerary are special topic days in Christchurch, Queenstown
This year is the China-New Zealand Year of Tourism, with the two countries’ long established links to the fore. An
official youth event, the summit is supported by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE). Awarded
Best Youth Project last year by Sister Cities New Zealand, this year’s event follows two very successful summits in the
sister cities of Auckland and Qingdao.
“We are excited at the calibre of this event that is all about preparing the next generation of leaders in China and New
Zealand to be effective global citizens,” says Katherine MacGregor, MBIE Event Manager for China-New Zealand Year of
In the wake of the Christchurch mosque shootings, New Zealanders opened their hearts to embrace people of other cultures
and religions. High school students gathered in their thousands, in love and solidarity, to spread the message of ‘you
are us’. This summit shares that inclusive and inspiring vision and seeks to further empower students so they can learn
to become effective, culturally aware, socially responsible leaders.
Up to 100 students from China and New Zealand are expected to take part. The summit offers a week-long residential
programme at St Andrew’s College (13-19 July), with boarding house accommodation provided. Staying on campus will ensure
a fully immersive experience, with evening workshops, projects and other activities planned to round out and enrich the
daily programme. A non-residential option is also available.
A high level delegation from the Qingdao municipal government is scheduled to attend the opening ceremony while Stephen
Jacobi, of the NZ China Council, will present the keynote address. He will be joined by a host of inspiring speakers and
presenters. Workshops, lectures and forums will cover a wide range of topics including global relations, cultural
intelligence, future leadership and global citizenship. Summit alumni will support this year’s delegates with Lukas
Scowen, of Rotorua’s Western Heights High School, leading the team.
International educator and summit founder Jan Fitz-Gerald is delighted that this year’s summit is being held in
Christchurch, bringing together the next generation of global citizens and leaders from the sister cities of New Zealand
“We must invest in our youth so they may continue to strengthen the relationships that exist today between our two
nations,” she says. “This summit reinforces the importance of those relationships and will contribute to future
innovation, leadership and global engagement between the future leaders of our two countries.”
Lukas Scowen describes last year’s event in China as one of the best he’s ever attended.
“Last year’s summit was such an eye opener,” he says. “I learned so many leadership skills and realised there’s this
side to China that not many people here know about. If you are eager to learn about China-New Zealand relations and
leadership, then I’d definitely recommend getting along to this year’s summit: it will be a real boost.”
The Summit runs from 13 – 20/23 July 2019. For more info, including how to register, visit www.globalengagement.ac.nz
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