Empowering student leaders to make a real difference in their schools and community.



A three-day residential personal growth and leadership development conference.


The conference is open to senior student leaders from the New Zealand Super Eight Schools and affiliate girls’ schools.

Cost: $395 NZD per student

Conference fee includes accommodation and meals. 

‘Rangatira’ is comprised of two Maori words – Raranga (meaning to weave) and tira (meaning a group of people). Rangatira translates to the word leader – someone who can bring people together towards a common goal.
Launched in 2012, Rangatira: The New Zealand Student Leadership Conference was an initiative inspired by Kelsey Crew, Liam Hae Hae and Shaquille Graham of Rotorua Boys’ High School. These three young men attended yLead’s signature event, The Australian Student Leadership Conference in Brisbane, where they developed a vision of bringing the experience to New Zealand. Rangatira is an opportunity to gather the finest young leaders from across the North Island.
Students return from the conference:
  • Empowered with a stronger sense of self-awareness, self-worth & self-belief
  • Prepared with essential skills & tools to effectively lead
  • Motivated to make a difference in their school & community
  • Equipped with clear goals & action plans
  • Connected to a powerful network of young leaders from across New Zealand
Thursday 6 October – Saturday 8 October 2016
Rotorua Boys’ High School, Rotorua
Day 1 The Power of One 
Students explore:
  • Personal attitude and focus
  • Values, passions and beliefs
  • Public speaking techniques
  • Balancing life, school and leadership priorities
  • Personal goal achievement Networking
Day 2 Together Has Power
Students experience:
  • Effective communication
  • Being H.O.T – honest, open and transparent
  • Servant leadership
  • Building rapport and developing trust
  • Creativity and innovation
  • Project management
Day 3 Action Creates Change
Empowering students by:
  • Understanding issues at school and in the community
  • Providing a voice to others
  • Inspiring others with your vision
  • Turning vision into action
  • Maintaining momentum & maximising the network
  • Applying the conference lessons in the real world

4f40eb4559b1c069da7b32845e9c9ed1Daniel Flynn
Co-founder Thankyo
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Daniel is the co-founder and Managing Director of Thankyou Group, a social enterprise that exists for the sole purpose of funding water, food and health and hygiene projects in the developing world. Daniel has a strong belief that impossibility is only someone’s opinion, not a fact and is passionate about inspiring others to dream big and do what many believe is impossible. In 2014, he was named Victorian Young Australian of the Year.



Rowie McEvoy
Founder Max Fitness

Rowie is the founder of THE MAX, a group of Private, Prestigious and Exclusive International Fitness Businesses Colleges in Australia and New Zealand. Her business was listed in BRW magazine’s list of The Top 100 fastest growing companies in Australia. From runaway teenager to self-made millionaire, Rowie shares how to do what you love, stand out from the crowd (for the right reasons) and be fit, healthy and strong.

How do I register my students? 
If you have decided to make the investment in your student’s leadership journey, all you need to do to is fill out the registration form and the friendly yLead staff will be in touch to finalise your booking.
Who will be looking after the students? 
The yLead staff and volunteers will maintain supervision of the students throughout the conference.

Through this amazing experience I have not only grown as a leader but also a person. I am so glad I was lucky enough to be a part of this experience.

School Captain, New Plymouth Girls' High School

The conference was fast paced, challenging, placed students outside of their comfort zone and made them think positively and passionately about how they can individually and as a team influence the direction of their school.

Paul King, Director of Leadership, Palmerston North Boys High School

This conference has made a huge impact in my life. You all helped me one way or another to become a better leader and role model for our younger generation.

School Leader, Palmerston North Boys’ High School



Primary School

Years 5 – 6
Teaching the fundamentals of leadership through fun and engaging workshops.
yLead School-Secondary

Secondary School

Years 7 – 12
Creating united cohorts and motivating students to be active leaders in their school.

Leadership Groups

SRC | Student Leaders | Prefects
Hands on team building, peer support coaching and essential skill development.