New Frontiers is a mix of workshops, emergent conversations, inspiring speakers 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.


Speakers and Facilitators for November will be announced soon. Here are some from April 2018:


Johan Rockström

Johan Rockström is Founding Director of the Stockholm Resilience Centre, Chair of the Eat Forum, the Hillary Institute's 2017 global Hillary Laureate, author of “Big World, Small Planet”, and advisor to over 20 global governments. He’ll be leading conversations about the bold actions we need to take to stay within planetary boundaries, exploring innovations in policy, farming, energy, business, and more.


Charles Eisenstein

Charles Eisenstein is author of “The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible”, “Sacred Economics”, and will soon publish a new book titled “Climate: A New Story”. During New Frontiers, he will be exploring new and ancient stories across economics, activism, and climate change.


Vicky Robertson

Vicky Robertson is CEO of the Ministry for the Environment with the New Zealand Government, and an EHF Fellow in our second cohort. She is leading efforts to work with farmers and primary sector leaders to contribute towards New Zealand having the cleanest water in the world.


Pekaira Rei

Pekaira upholds a pivotal role for Mana Whenua within Te Upoko o te Ika where she maintains a cultural advisory position on many organisations within the region. Born and raised under her Maunga Taranaki she often reflects on the solid foundation gifted by those she remembers. With education as her passion and Taranaki history her flair, she connects and reconnects descendants to their unique Taranakitanga.


Melissa Clark Reynolds

Melissa Clark Reynolds is an independent director of Beef and Lamb NZ, Trustee of the Hillary Institute, and a professional director in many other government bodies and private ventures. She will be exploring the transformation of New Zealand’s farming industry.  


Horomona Horo

Horomona Horo is a musician and composer, a practitioner of Taonga pūoro, the collective term for the Māori traditional musical instruments, which include an array of flutes, trumpets and percussive instruments. He will join us at New Frontiers as a facilitator and contributor.

You’re not asking, how can I take the most? You’re asking, what is the best way that I can enrich, heal and regenerate the world around me?
— Charles Eisenstein, Author

Daily Programme Outline

The programme includes introductions and stories from EHF Fellows sharing their work, as well as world-renowned speakers who can provide unique insights on how New Zealand can lead change. Further details for the November event programme will be released in early October.


Sunday 4th November

8:00am   –  Breakfast and Registration
9:00am   –  Pōwhiri & kai
10:00am –  Kai and Connection
10:30am –  Fellow Stories and Inspiring Speakers
1:00pm   –  Lunch
2:30pm   –  Breakouts / Open Space / Roundtables
6:00pm   –  Dinner
8:00pm   –  Evening Music and Entertainment
10:00pm –  Event ends

Monday 5th November

8:00am   –  Breakfast and Registration
9:00am   –  Fellow Stories and Inspiring Speakers
1:00pm   –  Lunch
2:30pm   –  Breakouts / Open Space / Roundtables
6:00pm   –  Dinner
8:00pm   –  Evening Music and Entertainment
10:00pm –  Event ends

Tuesday 6th November

8:00am   –  Breakfast and Registration
9:00am   –  Fellow Stories and Inspiring Speakers
1:00pm   –  Lunch
2:30pm   –  Breakouts / Open Space / Roundtables
5:00pm   –  Reflections and Poroaki (closing)
6:00pm   –  Dinner
8:00pm   –  Evening Music and Entertainment
10:00pm –  Event ends

For me, the secret is to work from New Zealand, with the world.
— Sandra Chemin, EHF Ambassador

Relax, Unwind and Play

At New Frontiers, you will have many opportunities to relax, unwind, and enjoy time away from your day-to-day life to connect with yourself, and with old and new friends. Many co-creators find this summit profoundly rejuvenating. As well as the programmed arts music and culture there will be a chance to propose active, wellness, or arts focused activities during the afternoon open-space sessions. 

  • Live Performance

  • Storytelling

  • Sustainability Education

  • Traditional Māori Culture & Art

  • Massage & Body Work

  • Yoga

  • Music

  • Board Games

  • Spoken Word Poetry

Your creativity and your creative being is a child... it’s drawing on the walls before you learned that wasn’t the ‘right’ thing to do.
— David Block, The Human Experience

Shared Meals

Throughout New Frontiers, our master chef and her talented team will be keeping you well fed with three meals a day of amazing cuisine! We will serve mostly a plant-based menu using locally-sourced fresh foods, from organic wholesale suppliers.