A New Frontier is Here

8th-10th April 2018 in Upper Hutt, New Zealand


Welcome, changemakers from around the world!

We are gathering in Aotearoa New Zealand to envision new possibilities for collective wellbeing, connect with passionate minds from different walks of life, and co-create in service to a better world. We welcome Cohort 2 of the Edmund Hillary Fellowship, and reunite all Fellows from 20 countries who are catalysing global change from New Zealand. 

Indigenous knowledge... there is, at the heart of it, innovation... because we are a surviving people.
— Kaye-Maree Dunn, Māori Women’s Development Inc.

A Co-created Event

New Frontiers April 2018 is a 3-day event that brings together creative entrepreneurial leaders from New Zealand and around the world, to share, explore and co-create integrated solutions to the world’s most pressing problems. Each participant bring their passions, skills and expertise to help shape our experience together.


Who - You, along with a convergence of passionate individuals and communities from across New Zealand and around the world.


What - A gathering of co-creation, joining hearts and minds in the exploration of new perspectives and models for our global collective well-being.

Trentham Racecourse

Where - We'll be gathering in Aotearoa, in the edgy Trentham Racecourse Complex in Upper Hutt, 45 minutes north of Wellington City.  


Share, Connect & Explore

New Frontiers is an immersive experience for the mind, body and soul. We’ll be hosting a range of engaging activities, facilitated and emergent discussions, showcase of EHF Fellows’ work, speaker sessions, arts, open conversations and plenty of time for spontaneous connection, to provide an experience that leaves you inspired and ready for action.

Engaging Sessions World-class innovators will speak/lead discussions on climate, digital media, agritech, entrepreneurship and more.

Speaker Sessions

Hear from innovators and creative minds as they dive deep into new ideas, articulate problem areas, and inspire new possibilities.


Deep Connections Forge new friendships, learn from diverse perspectives and connect with good, passionate people.

Nature, Connection and Wellness

Form friendships with passionate people with diverse views and life experiences. Breath in the fresh air, do yoga, meditate or book a massage.



Circle Discussions

Engage in group discussions on themes that emerge during the gathering, facilitated by participants and run as open space conversations.


Incredible Art Nourish your soul with the help of artists, filmmakers, poets and storytellers, and co-create new art around the valley.

Arts and Culture

Immerse yourself in an eclectic experience of the arts with musicians, artists, filmmakers, poets and storytellers. Ground yourself in traditional Māori custom, including pōwhiri, mihi, and Te Reo Māori. 

Outstanding Music Listen, dance and immerse yourself in an eclectic musical experience from local and international musicians.

Fellow Showcases

Hear from the EHF Fellows as they introduce themselves, their passions, and their vision for the global impact they wish to create from New Zealand.



Health-a-licious FoodExperience the first-rate healthy cuisine lovingly prepared by a top-class chef, using local, organic produce.

Health-a-licious Food

Experience the first-rate healthy cuisine lovingly prepared by amazing chefs, using local, organic produce.


Curated & Open

We strive to bring together a balance of diverse perspectives to New Frontiers to learn from each other and avoid siloed thinking. We have tiered ticket pricing to enable all members of the community to participate. Participation is either through invitation, or an open-application process. Visit the Join Us page for details.

The idea of using New Zealand as an incubator for some of the bigger world problems... We’re fully on board.
— Lou Sanson, Director-General, Department of Conservation