Leadership Network Singapore Hui 2023 – call for applications

The Foundation is excited to offer up to 14 Leadership Network members a chance to visit Singapore in March for the 2023 Singapore Hui.

Applications have closed for this opportunity

Singapore was New Zealand's fifth-largest trading partner in 2021, and the two countries have a close and collaborative relationship based on shared history and interests. Singapore has been referred to as the "best-planned city" in the world with its strong future housing plan and provides many examples that New Zealand could learn from.

One of the most meaningful and important opportunities the Foundation offers its Leadership Network is to help members connect with Asia by travelling and attending offshore hui to gain first-hand Asia-experience and grow their connections to the region.

Offshore hui enable network members to have a shared experience that brings them together to influence change in New Zealand and develop the all-important Asia-equipped status needed for New Zealand’s future prosperity.

The Singapore Hui will include briefings, meetings, field visits, cultural experiences, and leadership-building activities.

It will be tailored to showcase connections between New Zealand and Singapore, learn about Singapore’s renowned urban planning and develop connections between network members.

The purpose of the hui is to:

  • provide first hand experience of an Asian country to increase members' knowledge and confidence in engaging with the region
  • provide potential opportunities for our members to connect and build relationship with prospective partners and stakeholders in Singapore
  • deepen engagement between network members, the Foundation, and our stakeholders
  • gain insights into how Singapore is transitioning towards a post-pandemic environment
  • learn about connections between New Zealand and Singapore.

The hui will run from Saturday 4 to Saturday 11 March 2023 (not including travel time). 

How to apply

Applications have closed for this opportunity

Applicants will be notified whether their application is successful by Friday 4 November 2023.

Selection criteria

Preference will be given to network members who:

  • can demonstrate a strong reason to attend the Singapore Hui and learn about New Zealand-Singapore relations
  • have not been to or have had limited experience in Singapore
  • can demonstrate how participating in this opportunity will support their future career development and how they might share the learnings from this opportunity with their wider networks once the Hui is over
  • can demonstrate their commitment to developing their connections in the network for the good of New Zealand's relationships with Asia .

The Foundation will also take into consideration whether applicants:

  • are connected/engaged with the network and the Foundation and have demonstrated leadership in their workplace or community
  • have not been on an offshore forum or hui for the last four years

This opportunity is open to both New Zealand-based and offshore members. 

Please note that we can provide a letter of support to employers should it be required.

Successful applicants will need to arrive in Singapore for the start of the hui on the evening of Saturday 4 March and be available for the full programme. 

What's covered

The Foundation will fund most costs for successful applicants, including:

  • a return economy airfare
  • domestic transport
  • accommodation
  • most meals and miscellaneous expenses.

 Participants will need to cover their own spending money and insurance costs.


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