Kia ora koutou katoa,
This year is showing no chance of slowing down, with May upon us already! We here at Commonwealth Youth New Zealand are embracing the breakneck pace, with our members being involved in a number of interesting things in the past month, and we’re gearing up for more exciting events and opportunities for later in 2016 — watch this space!
After our AGM in late March, the new Executive is shaping up well, bringing fresh ideas and passion to the organisation. Our newly formed Events Committee recently attended a workshop centering around community event planning, and have returned with a raft of tips and tricks they’ll be implementing at our events later in the year.

Meanwhile, a number of our Executive Committee members were lucky enough to attend the Air New Zealand Inspiring Voices event at Te Papa, where we heard from a number of successful entrepreneurs on how to build on success. We were also honoured to be invited to the National Commemoration of Anzac Day at Pukeahu National War Memorial. 

Lastly, I attended the Wellington Youth Council Young Wellington event where I discussed where and how young people can interact with local councils in deciding what needs to be funded around our districts and cities.
More recently, we’ve waved goodbye to, and then welcomed home, our intrepid explorers after their trip to Scotland for the 33Sixty Glasgow young leaders programme, where they’ve been discussing their Challenge, How do we create a step change in the way the private, public and not-for-profit sectors work together? As an alumni of the 33Sixty Programme, having participated in 33Sixty Malta in November last year, I can attest to the incredible experience and knowledge they will have been exposed to. We’re hoping that they’ll be sharing their stories soon!
Finally, it’d be remiss of me to not mention The Queen’s milestone birthday, with Her Majesty celebrating her 90th year this past week. Her Majesty has had an amazing reign thus far, and I, along with all of us here at Commonwealth Youth New Zealand, look forward to her continuing her work with the Commonwealth. I’m very much looking forward to meeting her in June, when I travel to London for the Queen’s Young Leader’s Award Ceremony.

Deputy Executive Director
Commonwealth Youth New Zealand

Presenting the Kiwi crew that represented New Zealand at 33Sixty Glasgow, making them the newest graduates of the programme which is now in its third iteration. 100 participants from around the Commonwealth led sessions about power and influence in the Commonwealth and mapped out a challenge of changing the way the private, public and not-for-profit sectors work together.

Congratulations to Anaseini Nuku, Jennifer Fellows, Mikade Barns Graham, Taine Polkinghorne, Maddy Burgess Smith, Fatumata Bah, and Jason Sebastian for being selected for this prestigious programme. 

Look out for blog posts from some of these participants later in the month where they will talk about their experience at the programme.

Here at CYNZ we are ‪#TeamHelen‬ all the way. Congratulations and good luck, Helen ClarkRead our press release regarding her recent announcement.


Last week, we extended our warmest birthday wishes to The Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, who turned 90 years old.

The position of Head of the Commonwealth is recognised by the Commonwealth members as the "symbol of their free association". The Head of the Commonwealth does not, though, have any role in the governance of any Commonwealth state; The Queen's positions as monarch of each of the 16 Commonwealth realms are separate from that of Head of the Commonwealth.

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