After a year packed full of exciting actives, I'm proud to present CYNZ's final newsletter for 2015.
Firstly, welcome home to the delegates who we selected to attend 33Sixty in Malta. From following Sandra, Hamish, Ruby, Brad and Bing on social media, I know they were outstanding representatives for New Zealand.
Some of them were lucky enough to attend the various fora held in the lead-up to CHOGM - the People's, Women's, Youth and Business fora. By all accounts they were a huge success, but the opportunity for our young leaders to network with like-minded delegates from across the Commonwealth is an invaluable asset for them personally and professionally, and for CYNZ at an organisational level.
While watching the CHOGM opening ceremony, I was struck by the words of Maltese Prime Minister and incoming Commonwealth Chairperson-in-Office, Dr Joseph Muscat. He said "the Commonwealth should not resemble extended family reunions where you accidentally bump into second-cousins you barely knew you had. Instead, it should be about the excitement of meeting someone new, almost for the first time. It should be about extending our networks beyond regional and economic affiliations. We should be about the future."
Dr Muscat is exactly right when he says that while it is important to remember the past - however controversial the Commonwealth's past is - we must always be focused on constantly improving and changing the Commonwealth in order to better fulfil those aspirations set out in the Commonwealth Charter.
To that end, I am delighted that it was announced that Baroness Scotland, former Attorney General of England and Wales, will take on the role of Commonwealth Secretary-General from 1 April 2016. I had the pleasure of meeting Baroness Scotland in Edinburgh last year and was in awe of her story and background. I know she will bring fresh enthusiasm and vigour to the role.
As I said, 2015 has been a busy year for CYNZ, and 2016 is already shaping up to be even bigger. The Ministry of Youth Development has kindly bestowed on us a grant to run the Common Leaders Day programme. Find out more by reading below.
Finally, a huge thank you must go to my team. Without them, this year would not have been as successful as it has been and I owe them every gratitude for their dedication to making CYNZ run smoothly and efficiently.
Enjoy your summer break - we'll see you in early 2016!
With kind regards,
Aaron Hape Executive Director
Commonwealth Youth New Zealand
New Commonwealth Secretary-General appointed
The Commonwealth will have a new leader - congratulations to Baroness Scotland who has been selected by Commonwealth heads of government to succeed Kamalesh Sharma as Commonwealth Secretary-General on 1 April 2016.
Common Leaders Day 2016 programme announced
Announcing the launch of our new Common Leaders Day initiative! To coincide with Commonwealth Day 2016, we're bringing together a range of inspiring young leaders to show senior high school students that everyday people can become outstanding leaders.
Know someone who could be interested? Get them to check out our website, or keep an eye on our Facebook page to speaker and workshop announcements...
CYNZ represented at CHOGM People's Forum
Sandra Ivanov, our National Policy Officer, is attended the Commonwealth People's Forum in Malta. She caught up with Commonwealth Foundation chair and good friend of CYNZ, Sir Anand Satyanand. The People's Forum held sessions on indigenous knowledge as a driver of resilience, growing challenges to urbanisation, small island states and climate change, and cultural responses to conflict. For a wrap up of the forum, see http://www.cpf2015.com for more details.
Fun in the sun for Kiwi 33Sixty delegates
Ruby Sands, Hamish Keown, Brad Olsen, Bing Lou, and Sandra Ivanov wrapped up an immersive leadership programme in Malta last week. 33Sixty, the successor to 33Fifty,
Over four days they formed part of a diverse group of participants from across the Commonwealth, exploring a complex global Challenge and coming up with responses to it. To help them develop these responses, they visited organisations across Malta at the cutting edge of the challenge, met experts in the field, heard from senior leaders from across the Commonwealth and developed pitching and presentation skills.
Another marker unveiled in Wellington's Commonwealth Pathway
One of the first duties carried out by The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall on their recent visit to New Zealand was to unveil the new marker in Wellington's Commonwealth Pathway. The Pathway aims to increase the number of people walking, but also to increase people's knowledge of the values and aspirations set out in the Commonwealth Charter.