In 2004, Hyundai NZ created the Pinnacle Programme.
For 15-18 year-olds, the Pinnacle Programme was created to identify young New Zealanders with potential, develop their skills and prepare them to be this country’s next generation of leaders.
Since then, the Pinnacle Programme has prepared dozens of young kiwis for success here and on the world stage. They are living proof of Hyundai’s commitment to New Zealand and its optimism about the future.
Pinnacle Programme Journey
Stage 1 ->
10 days on board Spirit of New Zealand
Stage 2 ->
21 days at Outward Bound
Stage 3 ->
Mentoring & Guidance
5 days off grid at Kai Waho
Connect & Mentor
Applications are now open for the next selection in March 2024.
Meet some of the graduates and students from the Hyundai Pinnacle Programme and you'll see why our optimism about the future is well placed.
Georgia is currently studying towards a double degree in Mechanical Engineering and Biomedical Science at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. This area of study encompasses many of her passions including STEM, complex problem solving and helping others through innovative health technology. She endeavours to become a key contributor to the future generation of bionics and prosthetics. Get to know Georgia here.
Storm was part of the Pinnacle Programme's first intake back in 2004. Hailing from Invercargill, Storm competed for the NZ Rowing team at two Olympic Games and achieved a bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics in the men's lightweight double.
The three-time world champion retired from rowing in 2012 and attended Oxford University in 2013 before gaining a job in finance in London. Storm now works for Liontrust Asset Management as Co-head of the Global Innovation team and manages over $1bn in assets.
Thomas is studying Electrical Engineering at the University of Canterbury. He is inspired by what people have been able to achieve by thinking creatively to overcome challenges, and to find new ways of doing things. He enjoys taking an idea and turning it into something workable, designing and building solutions to the everyday problems he sees in the world around him. Get to know Thomas here.
Isla is currently studying an honours year in biomedical science and loves breaking down and communicating complex science ideas. When she's not at university, you’ll find her advocating for climate justice or dreaming up initiatives to get more young women riding bikes. Get to know Isla here.