Last week I returned from London after shortlisting the 2015-16 round of winners of a Queen's Young Leader Award. This initiative, set up by The Queen to leave a lasting legacy of youth development in the Commonwealth, seeks to find and reward 60 outstanding young leaders and develop their skills and talents.
Without revealing too many details, I was pleased to see the large number of applications from the Pacific, especially from those countries who were not represented last year. It was also overwhelming to see the huge scope of projects being undertaken - from LGBTI rights, to the advancement of free healthcare, to helping the less privileged read, write, and gain professional skills for the workplace. This work makes me proud to be a citizen of this this region. Winners will be announced in December.
If you follow CYNZ on social media, you will have seen that we were able to provide 5 young New Zealanders the chance to travel to Malta to attend 33Sixty, the Commonwealth Youth Leadership Programme. Hamish Keown, Sandra Ivanov, Ruby Sands, Brad Olsen, and Bing Lou have been selected to attend this prestigious event and will spend one week learning about this year's 33Sixty challenge "How do we stop people profiting from migration?". 33Sixty, delivered by leadership development experts Common Purpose, provides a framework in which participants can tackle challenges of fundamental importance to the Commonwealth. As an alumni of 33Fifty, the predecessor to 33Sixty, I know that these five outstanding leaders will develop their own personal leadership styles as well as make amazing connections from around the world.
Take a look below to see our upcoming events. As always, if you are interested in attending, contact us at email@example.com
As the summer weather starts to reappear, I hope you enjoy the rest of October. Only 57 days until Christmas!
Aaron Hape Executive Director
Commonwealth Youth New Zealand
Presenting our much-anticipated values statement!
Presenting our new-look website, and our much-anticipated values and mission statement! Head on over and check out one of the biggest pieces of work we've undertaken since we were established. Got any feedback for us? You can use the form on the "Contact us" page.
Top young leaders chosen for prestegious Commonwealth leadership initiative
Over the weekend, the Dominion Post talked to Brad Olsen and Ruby Sands, two of the five young leaders we selected to attend 33Sixty Malta. It was fantastic to read about how they're both looking to implement the skills they'll develop during the programme, and how they'll use those skills when they reutrn home. Read the full article here: http://bit.ly/1O1wgOn
'This house would change the New Zealand flag'
Are you pro-change? Do you want to retain the current flag? In association with Vic Debsoc, Commonwealth Youth New Zealand is pleased to give you the opportunity to share your views and opinions on the upcoming referendum to change New Zealand's flag.
Our debaters will be arbitrated by a stellar panel of judges: David Seymour, ACT Party leader and Parliamentary Under-Secretary to the Minister of Education, Katie Bradford, ONE News Political Reporter, Jacinda Ardern, Labour Party MP and Justice Spokesperson, and Chris Bishop, National Party MP and deputy chair of Parliament's Finance and Expenditure select committee.
For those who can't make it, a live stream will be posted just before the event begins.