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FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Hello,
 
Earlier this week, Brad Olsen and I attended the Global Enterprise Experience Awards at Parliament. Supported by Victoria University, Otago University, and the Te Kaihau Trust, the scheme develops global leaders to manage across cultures, time zones, and developed and developing countries with world views that are worlds apart.  It builds a mindset for creating successful business ventures that tackle social and environmental issues.  
Participants are in teams of eight, with members drawn from around the world.  Teams compete, not countries. Teams use cloud computing to communicate with its members. To date over 6,000 students from 430 universities in 85 countries have participated. Victoria University is the home of the competition, and it is awesome to see such an innovative way of teaching cultural awareness and developing global citizenship coming from such a small yet dynamic team of volunteers.

Later this month, CYNZ will celebrate the success of its Deputy Executive Director, Brad Olsen, as he heads to London to take part in the Queen's Young Leaders award residential week. As part of this, Brad will be honoured by HM The Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, and presented as one of sixty inspiring young Commonwealth leaders. Well done, Brad!

I'm pleased to say that planning for the 2016 National Student CHOGM is well underway. Our team this year, led by CYNZ Events Officer, Ellen Jackman, is agile and dedicated - from my limited involvement in this year's organisational efforts, I can already tell this is going to be an amazingly successful event. It is also pleasing to see how diverse the skill sets and expertise is among the group. 

With kind regards,
AARON HAPE
Executive Director
Commonwealth Youth New Zealand

 
On Friday, 27 May, we held a panel event at the Wellington City Library to discuss what part New Zealand is playing in the growing global refugee crisis. Is New Zealand doing enough to help refugees? What can young people in New Zealand do to help support refugees and their resettlement? Thanks to our partners at Volunteer Wellington, the National Refugee Youth Council and the Red Cross for their contributions to the discussions. 
Congratulations to all those inspiring young people, including National Student CHOGM alumni, Ashleigh Smith, who were named as Youth Week Award winners by Hon Nikki Kaye, Minister for Youth. You can find out more about the winners and their achievements here. 
We're helping to celebrate the 90th birthday of The Queen, Head of the Commonwealth. Email info@commonwealthyouth.org.nz now if you're interested in attending this special event.

SAVE THE DATE: National Student CHOGM is back for 2016 and will be held in Wellington on 8 and 9 August. More details will be available in the coming weeks, but for now, check out our website to find out more about what a CHOGM is and how it's run. http://bit.ly/1dmbhp7

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