Who We Are

Limitless is a Charitable Trust with the mission to equip young New Zealanders to lead lives of passion and purpose.

We see young people better equipped to navigate with confidence toward careers where their creativity, innovation, strengths and values can be unleashed. Our vision ultimately is to see young people with greater agency over their career pathways.

Based in Ōtautahi Christchurch, Limitless empower secondary students to discover their strengths and values, and to envision future potential careers based on this self discovery. We create space for young people to explore their “what’s next?” for after high school.

We will each work around 80,000 hours in our life, and research tells us young people today are likely to work 17 different jobs over five careers in their lifetime. Limitless helps youth explore the topic of career pathways in meaningful ways. Our conversations and kōrero give them a new sense of confidence and focus.

Limitless was founded in 2016 by Christchurch-based April McLennan at age 18 through a social enterprise accelerator. We quickly grew an epic community to see the Limitless vision come to life and continue to iterate and grow.

Our Programme

The Year 10 Limitless Conference is back, coming to Christchurch on the 20th and 21st September 2021! The Conference programme will focus on exploring Strengths, connecting the dots and inspiration. We recommend the Limitless Online course to be taken prior to Limitless Conference so we can build from this.

Year 10 Limitless Online courses run throughout the year. This is a fun and engaging module based course that plays a key part in building confidence, self awareness and greater agency for pathways to work.

For either programme, get in contact with us via the form below to learn more

Values

Our values ground our decisions:

Passion: We are passionate about what we do. We exemplify passion & encourage others to find theirs.

Purpose: We do everything with a purpose, and our purpose is to empower.

Empowerment: We believe in empowering people. We believe that when every young person is empowered to reach their full potential, we will see generational change.

Optimism: We believe the future is bright, and young people are our future. We face every challenge with optimism.

Responsibility: We are aware that every action we take affects others. We are responsible to uplift and respect others with every word and action.

Our governance team:

April

April McLennan

Founder and Chairperson

April founded Limitless in early 2016, after finishing high school in 2015, and having taken part in a social enterprise accelerator. In mid 2016, she was selected as one of 3 New Zealand delegates to attend the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in California. Prior to starting Limitless, April gained experience organizing events for various causes. April now works full time on growing and developing Limitless.

Brent

Brent Hefford

Limitless Trustee

Brent has over 20 years of experience in financial services, specialising in people leadership, retail banking, lending, and business banking. Currently in the role of Regional Manager Retail Distribution for lower half of South Island for Kiwibank, Brent has held a various positions across a number of New Zealand banks, and enjoys seeing people thrive and develop to be successful.

Quynh

Quynh Vallance

Limitless Trustee

Quynh is a Senior Tax Manager at PwC Christchurch. She has worked in professional practice for the past 10 years advising a variety of clients ranging from small businesses to large corporates, particularly in the not-for-profit space. Quynh enjoys contributing to our community and seeks to make a difference by being purpose driven, someone who challenges the status quo and a champion for change.

Hannah

Hannah Duder

Limitless Trustee

Hannah is the CEO of indigo & iris - a beauty social enterprise and a Project Manager at the Christchurch Foundation. Hannah has a background in sales, fundraising and marketing for social enterprises in New Zealand. She is passionate about doing good business and doing good at the same time.

Colin

Colin Hogg

Limitless Trustee

Colin is the founder of Etive Business Advice sales and marketing consultancy. Colin is a passionate advocate of great businesses and ideas, and loves helping them grow to make as large an impact as possible. Colin has worked across a number of industries, laterly specialising in growing companies in the Education sector, and supporting them in governance. Colin is excited to be able to work with the Limitless Trustees to help Limitless make the biggest positive impact on our young people’s lives.

Past Speakers and Facilitators

Stephen

Stephen Henry

CEO, Kode Biotech Group

Hannah

Hannah Duder

CEO, indigo & iris

Jaye

Jaye Pukepuke

Founding Director, Bros for Change

Sophie

Sophie Kennedy

Sustainability Engineer, Fulton Hogan

Grant

Grant Ryan

Founding Coordinator, The Cacophony Project

Andrea

Andrea Brewster

Strategy Development Manager, Girl Guiding NZ

Zion

Zion Tauamiti

Suicide Prevention, He Waka Tapu

Rochelle

Rochelle Faimalo

Social Recovery Coordinator, Hurunui District Council

Emily

Emily Muli

Singer/Songwriter

Chris

Chris Jupp

Youth Partner Manager, World Vision

Katie

Katie Cowan

Founder/Director and Lawyer, Cowan Litigation

Dace

Dace Caldwell

Director of Corporate Finance, PWC

Chris

Chris Mene

Director of Mene Solutions

Guy

Guy Ryan

CEO/Founder, Inspiring Stories Trust and Young New Zealander of the Year 2015

Victoria

Dr Victoria Metcalf

National Coordinator, Participatory Science Platform

Eva

Eva Riddell

Programme Creator, Live the Dream & Independent Design Thinking consultant

Suggie

Seung-woo Hong (Suggie)

Filmmaker and Visual Storyteller

Merenia

Merenia Hudson

National Kaitiaki of Manawa Ahi

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2018

2018 Conference

In August 2018, we held our fourth Year 10 Limitless Conference with 230 students attending from 18 different schools around Canterbury. We ran the programme over the span of three days in comparison to our past two days, with 6 speakers and 6 break-out workshops. The three days providing the opportunity to go into more extensive detail and depth with the content created for the students.

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2017

2017 Conference

In 2017 we ran two Limitless conferences in August with the involvement of 360 students and 27 schools. This conference was built upon the input and feedback gathered from the 2016 programmes, and incorporated a wider variety of speakers and workshops. This was also the first year we invited students from the broader Canterbury region.

2016

2016

2016 Conference

In October 2016, the first full Limitless Conference was held at the La Vida Centre with 140 students from 20 schools coming together to participate. This 2 day conference, with the help of over 60 others, focused on strengths, values, wellbeing and goal-setting.

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Pilot

Pilot

In February of 2016, April and her team ran the first pilot of the Limitless event at Ao Tawhiti Unlimited Discovery school. The pilot consisted of 2 half-days that included 18 students, 3 workshops and 3 talks from speakers.


Thank you to our generous sponsors and supporters

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With thanks to the Community Organisation Grant Scheme

and a big thank you to RedSeed, our Learning Management System partner

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