Since our last newsletter, the structure and face of CYNZ have undergone a number of changes. On behalf of the executive committee, I welcome Erin Graham to the board. Erin has had an extensive involvement in the Commonwealth as a former participant, Secretary-General, and organiser of the National Student CHOGM.
I also welcome Emma Stilwell, Patrick Lindsay, and Jennifer Fellows to the executive. They bring a wealth of experience to their respective roles, and I look forward to working with them over the next year. You can find their biographies on our website.
Recently I had the opportunity to speak at the Sister Cities New Zealand annual conference on the theme of citizen diplomacy. Not only was this a great chance to get CYNZ’s message to an audience that we would not usually engage with, but it was also a fascinating insight into the ways that other community groups operate, the similar challenges that NGOs face, and how can target our respective audiences in an already over-crowded sector. I’ll be taking those ideas on board for CYNZ’s strategic direction this year.
On the note of global citizenship, this month I’m really looking forward to attending our first major event for the year, and the first installment of CYNZ’s Speaker Series for 2015. Ced Simpson, Director of the Human Rights Trust, and Cassandra Treadwell, CEO of So They Can, have kindly offered to speak to our members about the power that engaged citizens can have locally and on a global scale. You’re welcome to attend this event and you can find the details below.
With kind regards
Aaron Hape Executive Director
Commonwealth Youth New Zealand
CYNZ Annual General Meeting 2015
At our AGM on the 31st of March, the people above were appointed to serve on CYNZ's executive for the next 12 months. They all bring a wealth of experience to their respective roles. Check out their full bios on our website.
CYNZ Speaker Series
Join us for the first in our series of speaker events for 2015. Come and hear from two amazing speakers - Cassandra Treadwell, CEO of So They Can, and Ced Simpson, Director of the Human Rights Trust. They'll be taking to us about the power of global citizenship and how even the smallest of gestures can make a world of difference.
2015 Commonwealth Lecture by Rt Hon Helen Clark
Last week, Helen Clark gave a magnificent lecture on youth, innovation, sustainable development and the Commonwealth in a post-2015 Millennium Development Goals world. https://youtu.be/n7s7Ha5HRvI
International Day of Sport for Development and Peace
How can sport play a role in development? Guest blogger, Sam Fellows, talks about how we can recognise the importance of sport and competition in peace-building and education. You can view his blog post and bio on our website.
National Student CHOGM 2015
Save the date! We're delighted to announce that National Student CHOGM 2015 will be held on 24 and 25 August. Registrations for this year's conference will open soon.