Finding common ground about New Zealand's future

Welcome to The Aspen Institute New Zealand. Our purpose is to inspire discussion and ideas about the issues that matter to this country - and foster remarkable leadership for our future. Whiria te tāngata.


A forum for forward thinking

Queenstown, with it’s beautiful mountainous scenery, is home to The Aspen Institute New Zealand, a non-partisan, not-for-profit organisation. Our mission is quite simple: to convene discussion between a diverse range of individuals with the purpose of finding common ground. Together we can help frame, and then solve, the issues that matter to New Zealanders and the world. Join us.

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If you’re keen to get involved, we hold regular Topic Forums to discuss New Zealand’s most challenging and complex problems, while our Leadership Seminars are designed to fast-track emerging leaders and bright thinkers. On the ground, we also hold a number of Public Events to inspire creative thinkers.