New Frontiers


An Intimate Gathering

New Frontiers is a mix of workshops, emergent conversation, keynote talks and fun activities, all within an intimate gathering aligned with our mission of supporting New Zealand as an “Incubation Nation”, from which to develop, grow and launch integrated solutions to global challenges.

Edmund Hillary Fellowship

Launching A World First

With the help of our friends at the Hillary Institute of International Leadership, we will be launching the Edmund Hillary Fellowship (EHF) to the world, to put New Zealand on the map, and bring together incredible people to lead change from New Zealand.



Solving global problems from New Zealand

We will explore the complexities and interconnections of social and planetary challenges humanity faces today, and the opportunities for integrated and innovative solutions. Using successful examples of creativity and innovation from around the world, we can expand our imaginations of what is possible. The programme is organised under two overarching themes with multiple cross-over threads: People on February 9-10, and Planet on February 12-13. On February 11, we have an Open Day, for fun activities, outdoors experiences and emergent conversations.



Co-created By You, The Participants

With your input, we will explore the edges of creativity for existing and new industries, through mutual-learning and cross-pollination of diverse perspectives, covering topics such as agriculture, digital media, climate change, health, government, investment, and technology. Stay tuned - we look forward to sharing programme details with you soon!


Daily Schedule

Thursday 9 February - PEOPLE


Friday 10 February - PEOPLE


Saturday 11 February - OPEN DAY


Sunday 12 February - PLANET


Monday 13 February - PLANET



Connect With Your Inner Child

At New Frontiers, you will have many opportunities to relax, unwind, get inspired, and enjoy time away from your day-to-day life to connect with your inner child. Many past participants have found this part of the programme rejuvenating. If you’d like to run any not listed here, get in touch with us!

  • Hikes & trail runs/bikes

  • Eco tech demos

  • Spoken word performances

  • Swimming in the river

  • Fire pit sessions

  • Story telling

  • Sound light displays

  • Laughter & happiness!

  • Traditional Māori opening & closing ceremonies

  • Fruit and berry picking

  • Water tank painting

  • Massage & bodywork

  • Yoga

  • Crossfit classes

  • Art

  • Sustainability education

  • Soccer or cricket games



Shared Meals At The Cafe

Throughout New Frontiers, our master chef will be keeping you well fed with amazing cuisine! We use a combination of our own home-grown organic food, and organic wholesale suppliers. Meals will be shared together at the Community Cafe at Woodcote.



Cost & Scholarships

Due to the practical limitations, we have a limited number of tickets available for New Frontiers. We seek to create an event that is inclusive, and at the same time sustainable in the long-term. New Frontiers attendees bring a wide range of available resources and gifts, so we’re seeking to create an event pricing model that’s inclusive and sustainable. 


The subsidised ticket price for New Frontiers is NZD $500 per participant (equivalent to ~USD $350), to assist with food, accommodation, infrastructure and activity costs. New Frontiers is a not-for-profit endeavour. 


We don’t want financial hardship to prevent someone who needs to be at New Frontiers from participating. If finances are an issue for you, we have a limited number of scholarships available, which can be applied for when you Apply or RSVP. Details of the scholarship options as follows:

  1. Subsidised ticket cost (valued at $250 NZD)
  2. Full event attendance cost (valued at $500 NZD)
  3. Full event attendance plus travel costs
  4. If you have any questions about applying for a scholarship, please email 


Join Us

New Frontiers 2017 will include both invited guests and participants that are selected through an open invitation process. If you’re driven to dedicate your talents, passions and skills towards creating solutions to complex global problems, let us know!