Every year, NYLD takes our Attitude team and a bunch of inspiring New Zealanders on the road for a month, holding eight large-scale events across the country for young people in Years 5-8. Through real life stories told by the people who live them, NYLD aims to inspire the leadership potential in every young person.

NYLD is the largest and longest running leadership event for primary and intermediate school students.  Since 2001, NYLD events have empowered more than 110,000 students to fulfil their dreams and become great leaders.

NYLD 2019 speakers

We’re so stoked to be bringing you some of New Zealand’s most inspiring young speakers. This year, we’re excited to announce that the following speakers will be joining us at NYLD –

Ronnie Taulafo

Ronnie is best known for his role as a presenter on What Now, and is currently working on his first feature length film. He’s passionate about seeing young people in Aotearoa reach their full potential and we know he’ll bring authentic and inspiring messages to NYLD.


KINGS (Kingdon Chapple-Wilson) burst onto the music scene in 2016 with the release of his single, Don’t Worry ‘Bout It, which went to number one on the NZ Singles Chart. KINGS has become one of Aotearoa’s most in demand live acts, regularly performing at some of the country’s biggest events and festivals. A pioneering artist in every sense, we can’t wait for KINGS to both inspire and entertain us at NYLD 2019.

Dr Lehan Stemmet

Dr. Lehan Stemmet is passionate about seeing people reach their full potential. Lehan has studied up a storm around the way that people work and what makes them great leaders. He’ll be bringing his research and his real world experience together to encourage our young people.

Sala Tiatia (South Island events only)

Matai’a Salatielu Muliaga Leatuavao Tiatia is a proud NZ-Samoan, but you can call him Sala for short. A gifted youth worker with 30 years’ experience, Sala is best known for his participation in the first ever Survivor NZ in 2017. He might not have won Survivor, but he definitely won the hearts of Aotearoa and claimed the winner of the People’s Choice Award.

Hana Tapiata (North Island events only)

Hana’s incredible blog promotes the value of understanding who we are and where we come from. She’s got a significant online presence that already inspires so many across Aotearoa. Hana’s heart is to help young people better understand themselves and to empower them for the future.

Christian Gallen

Christian Gallen joined Attitude in 2009 after completing a BA in Te Reo Māori. Since then he has spoken to over 100,000 young people around New Zealand with his trademark positive and inspirational presenting style.

NYLD 2019 – Dates and venue information

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Vodafone Events Centre
Wednesday, 8 May 2019


Claudelands Arena
Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Palmerston North
(20 May)

Regent on Broadway Theatre
Monday, 20 May

Palmerston North
(21 May) – SOLD OUT

Regent on Broadway Theatre
Tuesday, 21 May


Te Rauparaha Arena
Wednesday, 22 May 2019


Horncastle Arena
Thursday, 30 May 2019


Dunedin Town Hall
Friday, 31 May 2019