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 Programme

Limitless was founded in 2016, quickly growing a community and collaborating with exceptional people to begin developing and delivering exciting programmes and resources. Our key programme the Limitless Conference, has reached 730 students from 32 schools throughout the Canterbury region so far. The conferences, run in 2016, 2017 and 2018 have focused on the topics of strengths, values, goal setting, wellbeing and more.Through interactive workshops, inspiring speaker sessions and interactive activities, the conferences have approached the topic of career pathways through the lenses of these topics. We have also established an Online Portal, custom-built as a platform for participants of the Year 10 Conferences to access information on further development opportunities through trusted partners. Finally, we have also directed several videos on the topic of careers, and printed reflection journals we developed for participants in our programme.

We are currently shaping and forming some awesome new things for 2020! Watch this space.


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


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.


Kendall Flutey

Limitless Trustee

Kendall is the Co Founder and CEO of Banqer, the financial education platform used by more than 150,000 Australasian primary students. Kendall has a background in accounting, having worked in big four private enterprise before retraining as a software developer. With Banqer at the crossroads of these two industries, Kendall enjoys the new challenge that comes with growing a mission driven impact business, where she can seek to make a difference in our communities.


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 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.

Past Speakers and Facilitators


Stephen Henry

CEO, Kode Biotech Group


Hannah Duder

CEO, indigo & iris


Jaye Pukepuke

Founding Director, Bros for Change


Sophie Kennedy

Sustainability Engineer, Fulton Hogan


Grant Ryan

Founding Coordinator, The Cacophony Project


Andrea Brewster

Strategy Development Manager, Girl Guiding NZ


Zion Tauamiti

Suicide Prevention, He Waka Tapu


Rochelle Faimalo

Social Recovery Coordinator, Hurunui District Council


Emily Muli



Chris Jupp

Youth Partner Manager, World Vision


Katie Cowan

Founder/Director and Lawyer, Cowan Litigation


Dace Caldwell

Director of Corporate Finance, PWC


Chris Mene

Director of Mene Solutions


Guy Ryan

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


Dr Victoria Metcalf

National Coordinator, Participatory Science Platform


Eva Riddell

Programme Creator, Live the Dream & Independent Design Thinking consultant


Seung-woo Hong (Suggie)

Filmmaker and Visual Storyteller


Merenia Hudson

National Kaitiaki of Manawa Ahi

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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 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 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 Community Organisation Grants Scheme

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