Event: Kaiarahi mō Āpōpō: Auckland Politics Summit

Dates: 5th – 6th August 2017

Cost: $60

Venue: The University of Auckland Business School


Leaders of Tomorrow

Join us at Kaiarahi mō Āpōpō: Auckland Politics Summit 2017 to grow as leaders and citizens.

Kaiarahi mō Āpōpō, which means leaders of tomorrow, is a conference that will include exciting workshops, well-known guest speakers and electoral knowledge which every young Kiwi should know. You will be invited to step into the shoes of an MP to negotiate draft bills and gain a better understanding of Parliament’s lawmaking process.

The theme of Kaiarahi is UN+Engaged. Through this conference, we challenge you to reflect on and respond to New Zealand politics. Your voice and actions shape New Zealand’s society today, and will do so for many decades to come.

We welcome high school students from a wide range of backgrounds to share their interests in politics and passion for positive change.

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Sorry, registrations are closed.


Saturday 5th August Time Activity
8:30am-9:00am Sign In
9:00am-10:00am Opening Ceremony
10:00am-11:00am Workshop 1: NZ Politics 101
11:00am-11:30am Morning Tea
11:30am-12:15pm Workshop 2 - The Art of Persuasion
12:15pm-12:30pm Briefing for Guest Speakers
12:30pm-2:00pm Lunch
2:00pm-3:00pm Guest Speakers - Sir Geoffrey Palmer & Andrew Butler
3:00pm-4:00pm Select Committee Session One
4:00pm-4:30pm Afternoon Tea
4:30pm-5:30pm Select Committee Session Two
5:30pm-6:00pm Select Committee Debriefing
6:00pm- Social Event
Sunday 6th August Time Activity
9:00am-9:30am Sign In
9:30am-10:30am Workshop 3 - Media Bias
10:30am-11:00am Morning Tea
11:00am-12:00pm Parliament Session One
12:00pm-1:30pm Lunch
1:30pm-2:30pm Parliament Session Two
2:30pm-3:00pm Afternoon Tea
3:00pm-3:30pm Select Committee Debriefing
4:00pm-4:45pm Closing Ceremony


Please note that Conference Assistant applications have now closed. 

If you are a tertiary student, then we invite you to join us as Conference Assistants at  Kaiarahi mō Āpōpō: Auckland Politics Summit 2017! A full list of Conference Assistant role descriptions, along with requirements are below:


  • Speaker
    • Chair the Select Committee and Parliament sessions.
    • Ensures safe and inclusive environment for delegates.
    • Leads introductory sessions and educational workshops for a group of delegates.
    • Delivers the educational content of the summit.
  • Committee Facilitator
    • Responsible for administration such as technological tasks (setting up, typing up amendments, preparing speakers list, etc.) during Select Committee and Parliament Sessions.
    • Assists Speaker when needed during Committee Sessions
    • Helps facilitate discussion and active participation for all delegates during workshops.
    • Ensures safe and inclusive environment for delegates.
  • Welfare Officer
    • Ensures that all four components of Hauora (health) – physical, emotional, mental and spiritual; are looked after throughout the duration of the summit.
  •  Photographer
    • Takes professional photos of delegates during the summit (and at the CA training leading up to the conference).
  • Logistics Team Member
    • Assists with logistical tasks and anything else that is required in order to keep the summit running smoothly.
    • May be required to assist with the facilitation of Select Committee Sessions.


  • Speaker
    • Comprehensive understanding of Select Committee content, rules of procedure, and general theme of the conference.
    • Ability to respond to delegate queries during Select Committee and/or Parliament sessions.
    • Prepared for spontaneity.
  • Committee Facilitator
    • A basic understanding of Select Committee content, rules of procedure, and general theme of the conference; to supplement that of the Speaker. (A great potential role for first time Conference Assistants!)
    • Ability to respond to delegate queries during Select Committee and/or Parliament sessions.
    • Prepared for spontaneity.
    • Must be technologically savvy.
  • Welfare Officer
    • Current first aid certificate.
  •  Photographer
    • Must have own DSLR camera to use.
  • Logistics Team Member
    • Ability to use initiative.
    • Strong teamwork skills.
    • Prepared for spontaneity.
    • Ability to complete assigned tasks quickly and efficiently, and to a high standard.

Please do note that ALL educational and workshop content, along with the rules of procedure, will be gone through during CA training – Wednesday 2nd August, 6:30 pm @ OGGB 5. So you do not have to know absolutely everything right now to be considered for the role you want!

Upon applying, you will be able to register for 3 different role preferences. We will take these preferences, along with your relevant skills and experience, into account. Please be aware that there is no guarantee that if you are offered a role, it will be your first preference. If you have any further questions about these roles or the summit in general, please feel free to get in touch with our Communication Manager, Sandy Guo ([email protected]), or Coordinator, Hye-Song Goo ([email protected]).





We have a limited number of scholarships that cover the full delegate fee for students who will not be able to attend Kaiarahi 2017 otherwise.

If you require further information, or you’re wanting to apply for a scholarship, please contact Sandy Guo (Communication Manager), with the subject line ‘Scholarship Application‘ at [email protected]

Please be advised that, if you are applying for a scholarship, you do not need to fill out the online registration form. However, in the event that your scholarship application is unsuccessful, you MUST apply via the online registration form, and pay your delegate fee in order to confirm your place at the summit.