The Aotearoa Leadership Tour brings together 16 young Australians in Years 10 – 12 to explore indigenous rights, culture and reconciliation from 18th September to 2nd October. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore Australia’s relationship with its first peoples through an intercultural tour of New Zealand.

The tour focuses on the rich history and tradition of the Maori people, and the methods used to preserve this culture. You’ll spend two weeks travelling through Wellington, Auckland, Waitangi, Rotorua and Sydney to meet and work with local communities, grassroots organisations, government representatives and NGOs at the forefront of the fight for indigenous rights.

Find out more about the tour here ↓↓

View our Information Pack!

All young people in Years 10-12 are welcome, and we strongly encourage those from diverse and minority backgrounds to apply.

Application FAQ”s 

Are applications open? – Applications are yet to open, express your interest now to be notified immediately when they are.

Would it be harder to join the tour if I haven’t participated extensively with UN Youth previously? – Prior UN Youth event attendance will not affect selection for ALT

How will the application process work?The application process consists of three stages:

  • Your initial online application (not the EOI), which will consist of a few long answer questions
  • A second round written application 
  • A third round interview with a few of our facilitators about you and your thoughts on international affairs


You must be in Years 10, 11 or 12 during 2023 to be eligible to apply for Aotearoa Leadership Tour. Should you have any further questions about the tour, please don’t hesitate to contact the tour Convenor at alt@unyouth.org.au.


“The entire two weeks of the Aotearoa Leadership Tour were life changing. I can’t quite pinpoint how it happened, or even tie down individual events that have made it happen, but I returned to Australia feeling like a different person. A more empowered, passionate person, and one who wants to see change.”

Kate Turner – Aotearoa Leadership Tour 2014

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