Who We Are

Limitless has a mission to equip young New Zealanders with the awareness, confidence and opportunities to pursue and excel in work they are passionate about. We'll each work 80,000 hours throughout our lives. What if we could empower every young New Zealander to spend that time doing work they are passionate about?

Our Program

Element 1: Our Limitless Conference for Year 10 students. This includes talks from speakers who do work they're passionate about, engaging workshops, specially curated film content and interactive activities. The aim of the conference is to empower students to hold greater confidence & awareness in their unique strengths, values and passions - understanding more of who they are and what they bring, and how this may translate to work with purpose that addresses some of the most significant challenges our communities and world face.

Element 2: Our unique online portal that connects students post-conference with opportunities for mentoring, work experience, volunteering and more through a collaborative platform. The aim of the online portal is to create connections between students and relevant opportunities that exist for them

Element 3: We are currently working on the prototype pilot for a Year 11 refresher day that will be available to young people who previously attended our program in Year 10, in order to revisit the concepts we talk about, and support them in applying at a new stage of their school career with new challenges and opportunities at their disposal.

None of this would be possible without our amazing sponsors, supporters and the individuals who give their time and expertise, to make our collective vision, a reality. We love that we're able to work with young people and various people who have researched, delivered and grown programs and pedagogy around the topics we talk about - to continue to direct the developments and improvements made to what we do.


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 Board

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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.

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Wayne Vargis

Limitless Trustee

Working for Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu as a Senior Strategy Advisor, Wayne provides strategic advice to the executive leadership of Ngai Tahu on health, social and economic matters. Previously, Wayne held the position of National Business Development Manager for Barnardos New Zealand. He currently sits on the National Strategic Advisory Group to grow social enterprise and investment in New Zealand.

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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.

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Dr Cheryl Doig

Limitless Trustee

Founder and CEO of Think Beyond, Cheryl Doig is a leadership futurist, following exponential technologies and organisational changes and making sense of these for leaders. She is a proactivist who acts for change rather than just talking about it. Cheryl is the Chairperson of the New Zealand Brain Institute and Haeata Community Campus, and has a number of governance roles.

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Limitless Conference 2018

In August 2018, we held our fourth Year 10 Limitless Conference with 230 students attending from 18 different schools around Canterbury. This year, we ran the program 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, which was exciting!

The Limitless Conference gave young people the opportunity to dive into what it means to understand your ​strengths​, values​ and p​assions - and how who you are and what you bring can connect to work with purpose that addresses the challenges we face as a global community.

As always, the Conference was made possible by the generosity of a fantastic group of people coming together and giving their time, talent and resources to make it all happen. Massive shout out to our sponsors and supporters, and the 90+ people that lent their support just on the days to make Limitless Conference 2018 all it was!

“This conference was amazing, and it really encouraged me in that I don’t have to be a specific mould to be a leader, and that I can use my own skills...Limitless encouraged me to see my strengths and use them to benefit others. Meeting other people who all have the potential to make such a difference in our world was really awesome too. Limitless conference was truly inspiring and I think it’s an opportunity we were all incredibly lucky to have! Thank you so much.” - Elisa, Middleton Grange School

For further information, contact April McLennan at ​april@limitless.org.nz

Past Speakers and Facilitators

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CEO, Kode Biotech Group

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Hannah Duder

CEO, indigo & iris

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Jaye Pukepuke

Founding Director, Bros for Change

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Sophie Kennedy

Sustainability Engineer, Fulton Hogan

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Grant Ryan

Founding Coordinator, The Cacophony Project

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Andrea Brewster

Strategy Development Manager, Girl Guiding NZ

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Suicide Prevention, He Waka Tapu

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Social Recovery Coordinator, Hurunui District Council

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Youth Partner Manager, World Vision

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Katie Cowan

Founder/Director and Lawyer, Cowan Litigation

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Dace Caldwell

Director of Corporate Finance, PWC

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Chris Mene

Director of Mene Solutions

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Guy Ryan

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

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Dr Victoria Metcalf

National Coordinator, Participatory Science Platform

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Eva Riddell

Programme Creator, Live the Dream & Independent Design Thinking consultant

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Seung-woo Hong (Suggie)

Filmmaker and Visual Storyteller

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National Kaitiaki of Manawa Ahi

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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 programs, and incorporated a wider variety of speakers and workshops. This was also the first year we invited students from the broader Canterbury region.

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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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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.

These are the organisations who make everything we do possible

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with thanks to the Department of Internal Affairs and Beacham Foundation

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