FLINT (Future Leaders in Tech) is our Future Leaders programme for individuals at the beginning of their careers usually within a TUANZ members or other supporting organisations.  Our Vision for this programme is to facilitate the development of knowledge and exposure of members to senior people and ideas within the industry so that in years to come FLINT members will be in executive roles with communication technology responsibility.

Want to join FLINT?  There’s an form to join us at the bottom of this page…and scroll down for news events that are coming up. 


Back in 2013, four recent graduates who were working at Chorus and Vodafone, had the thought that it would be great if there was a forum where people like themselves could share experiences and learn about the industry they found themselves working in.  This led to the launch in October 2013 of the Future Leaders in Telecommunications (or FLINT) group which was all about creating opportunities to meet, talk, and be inspired about the future leaders of a diverse, dynamic and exciting industry.  

Over the first year in 2014, FLINT hosted a number of events where graduates, apprentices and school leavers within the industry came together.  In 2015 TUANZ began trialling a leadership programme which was aimed at aspiring leaders with our member organisations.  In early 2016 FLINT became part of TUANZ combining the volunteer leadership with the resources of TUANZ to ensure FLINT continues to grow.


For more than 25 years, The Skills Organisation (https://skills.org.nz/) has been helping train up the next generation of tradies and professionals. They work closely with industries to ensure that qualifications provide them, and employers, with the right skills.  Skills is the premier supporter of FLINT for 2017/18.


Since TUANZ has taken over running FLINT, a leadership group made up of young leaders working with the CEO of TUANZ, have developed the relaunch of the programme.  FLINT members are also able to attend TUANZ events at member rates while they are part of the group.

The FLINT programme was formally re-launched on Monday 4th July 2016 at an evening event hosted by MyRepublic.  Nearly 200 students, young leaders and TUANZ member representatives attended the evening and heard Vaughan Baker (MD of MyRepublic) and Sophie Stanley (Head of Rural at Figured) talk about their leadership journeys and the lessons learned along the way. 

Auckland Leadership Group

The current Auckland leadership group in is made up of the following volunteers:

Adele Good – Vibe Communications
Alex Powell – Vodafone
Caitlin Gosling – Spark
Clayton Balle – Westpac
Evan Fong – Vodafone
Holly Cushen – Chorus
Karen Myburgh – Chorus
Mikhael Afon – Visionstream
La’Sasha McCutcheon – UCG
Rohit Tiwari – Chorus
Ryan King – Vodafone

Shilpa Ranchhod – Vodafone
Supported by Craig Young, CEO, TUANZ


After the relaunch in Auckland, a number of Wellington based individuals within TUANZ members volunteered to be part of a team to launch the programme in that city.  This group has since grown to 13 enthusiastic individuals.

The FLINT programme was formally launched in Wellington on Monday 5th December 2016 at an evening event again hosted by MyRepublic.  Nearly 75 young leaders and TUANZ member representatives attended the evening and heard Vaughan Baker and Rohulla Mehri (of MyRepublic) and Anna Guenther (at PledgeMe) talk about their careers and the importance of being involved with groups like FLINT and TUANZ.

Wellington Leadership Group

The current Wellington leadership group in is made up of the following volunteers:

Daniel Madley – MBIE 
Dylan Connolly – DNC
Ferne Cheetham – KPMG
Laura Turnball – InternetNZ
Lorraine Oloito’a – Spark
Maryann Robertson – InternetNZ
Michael Baughen – Chorus
Nicola Brown – MBIE
Nina McKenna – TAIT
Olivia Schultz Duffy, Vodafone

Sarah George – InternetNZ
Thomas Mitchell – HunchBuzz
Supported by Craig Young, CEO, TUANZ


We are currently working with a team in Hamilton, with the view of launching FLINT Waikato later in 2017.  Other cities where we are looking for expressions of interest are Christchurch and Dunedin.   If you are based in those areas, sign up below to receive information about the upcoming launch. 


Fill in this form below to let us know that you’d like to join the group in your city (or indicate interest in the cities we have yet to launch in) and you’ll receive a welcome email within a couple of days!