All Black and Highlanders rugby player Brad Thorn (left)
speaks about his life with National Young Leaders Day hosts
Gemma Knight and Dave Atkinson at the Dunedin Town Hall
In a world where leaders seem to be switching off or
burning out regularly, the decisions made by those who will
lead in the near future have never been more important.
It is a situation organisers of the National Young Leaders
Day are increasingly aware of; and in Dunedin yesterday, they
worked hard to provide the right conditions for producing a
new generation of leaders.
Event manager Annette Fale said leaders day aimed to inspire
pupils to begin a life-long journey of leading themselves and
others according to good leadership values.
The event was created because the organisation believed in
the potential of all pupils and wanted to challenge them to
achieve their goals and make a positive contribution to their
communities and the world.
''Creating the next generation of great leaders is a
challenging, yet rewarding occupation.
''What we do is a small part of that process for many
schools, but one we are proud to be involved with.''
She said the best she could hope for was that the event was a
''good beginning or continuation'' of an important
conversation about what it meant to lead yourself and others
''Today is far from the end of good leadership learning at
Photos by Craig Baxter.
About 1200 primary and intermediate-aged pupils from
Timaru to Invercargill attended the event at the Dunedin Town
Hall yesterday, and they were challenged by guest speakers
athlete and Carabiner Mentoring Programme founder Cam Calkoen,
All Black and Highlanders rugby player Brad Thorn, Christchurch
musician Nakita Turner, fashion designer and television
presenter Tamsin Cooper, entrepreneur Emily Mabin Sutton and
Attitude programme presenter Christian Gallen to live a 3-D
Just like a 3-D movie bursting off the screen, a 3-D life was
so much better than a dull, flat one, Mrs Fale said.
''Dream what your life could be, then chase that dream, dare
to do the scary brave things that make life an adventure, and
develop your strengths - there is more in you waiting to be
''No-one gets a brilliant life without guts, vision and
work,'' she said.