Festival for the Future is about celebrating what’s possible.

It’s the weekend that puts us, as young New Zealanders, at the forefront of changing our world for the better.

Imagine – hundreds of young professionals, entrepreneurs, artists, musicians, scientists, students and activists, all gathered together for one epic weekend.

Festival for the Future gives you the chance to connect with innovators and influencers from across the nation, explore the big issues of our time, share ideas, and hear from inspiring people doing remarkable things to make the world a better place.

#FFTF16 is your party. Be there!





2016 Speakers

Tania Tapsell

Improving communities as NZ's youngest City Councillor
Taito Matamua

Lionel Taito-Matamua

Scientist and innovator tackling plastic waste in the Pacific

Hannah Duder & Samantha Jones

Creating socially conscious, ethical clothing

Dan Flynn

Social enterprise and consumer purchases to end poverty

Ana Heremaia

Empowering youth through architecture and design

Shay Wright

Training Maori leaders to grow world class organisations
Musician Jamie McDell. performing at Festival for the Future

Jamie McDell

Award-winning musician caring for our coastlines

Phil Veal

Chair of Kea's World Class Network and super-charging New Zealand's future

Alejandro Gac-Artigas

Closing the education achievement gap through incentivising learning
Guy Ryan

Guy Ryan

Young New Zealander of the Year, unleashing our potential

Celine Tapara

Grassroots community leadership

Rewa Worley

The importance of creative expression for mental health
Image of Anzac Gallate and Nola Smart, speaking at Festival for the Future 2016

Nola Smart and Anzac Gallate

Leadership for sustainability in schools

Rachel Berry

Leader of the young Deaf community

Rez Gardi

Fighting for justice and equality for underprivileged and marginalised people

Taaniko Nordstrom

Transforming rangatahi and mauhere cultural identity

Vinny Lohan

Technology enabling access to education for children in need

James Nokise

Award-winning Comedian

Courtney Durr

Empowering women to be healthy and thrive

Hon. Nikki Kaye

Minister for Youth Affairs, backing young New Zealanders


Alejandra Jensen

Community Leader

Margaret Kouvelis

Mayor of Manawatu

Ross Buckley

Executive Chairman of KPMG New Zealand

Dr. Sean Weaver

Executive Director of Ekos

Nive Sharat Chandran

Vice President of the World YWCA

Anna Curzon

Managing Director for Xero

Toby Carr

CEO and founder of DeXTech

Sina Wendt-Moore

Chief Executive of Leadership New Zealand

Shaun Sutton

Chief Executive and Co-Founder of Teach First NZ

Shamubeel Eaqub

Economist, author & commentator

Sam Judd

Co-founder and CEO of Sustainable Coastlines

Rachel Brown

Founder of Sustainable Business Network

Philip Patston

Managing Director of Diversity New Zealand

Niki Harré

Associate Professor and Author – Psychology for a better world

Laura O’Connell Rapira

Director of Campaigns at ActionStation

Fatumata Bah

Young leader for the Office of Ethnic Community

Chris Henderson

Leader in education innovation

Sir Robert (Bob) Harvey

Champion for Auckland

Barbara Alaalatoa

Principal of Sylvia Park Primary School


Festival for the Future was honestly the best weekend of my life. Absolutely blown away!

Mark Behkit, Festival Goer

Festival for the Future truly was a life-changing experience for me.

Kiriana Isgrove, Scholarship Recipient

I’ve had the privilege of attending loads of international conferences and yours was the best.

Terry Fleming, Festival Goer




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