Young Leaders

  • Could you be the next youth voice of UNESCO?

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    Are you aged between 18 and 25 and want to take action to promote peace and social justice in New Zealand and the Pacific?

    Then they want to hear from you.

  • Young Ethnic Leadership Graduates gather in Wellington

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    Thirty graduates from the Office of Ethnic Communities’ Young Leaders programme met in Wellington on Thursday 22 October to further develop their leadership  skills and understanding of the public sector environment with a view to considering a career in this area.

  • Leading on from the leadership programme

    Group photo of Christchurch Young Leaders

    Today the Minister Hon Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga recognised and congratulated Christchurch Young Leaders programme members for continuing their leadership learning journey by developing a digital website presence project funded and supported by the Ministry of Youth Development Fund 2015/2016.

  • Young people show what the future of New Zealand will look like

    I recently congratulated 55 young people from 24 different ethnic groups who completed the Office of Ethnic Affairs Young Leaders Programme.  This innovative course aims at building future public sector leaders and it was exciting to hear that many participants have already found jobs.  These young people show what the future of New Zealand will look like.  Statistics show we are becoming an increasingly multicultural country.

  • Christchurch youth leader receives an honourable mention award

    Image of Shawn Kurian Thomas with his video camera

    Shawn Kurian Thomas, 20 year old young leader who participated in the Christchurch Youth Leadership programme, recently received an honourable mention award from The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM). The two organisations invited youth from all over the world to submit original and creative videos focusing on the themes of PLURAL+, a youth-produced video festival which encourages young people to explore migration, diversity, and social inclusion, as well as to share their creative vision with the world. Since 2009 over 400 entries from 63 countries have been submitted. Winning videos have been screened in dozens of festivals, and broadcast on television networks around the world.

  • Young leader on the world stage

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    A young and aspiring Kiwi of Fijian Indian origin recently attended a workshop held by the World Network of Young Leaders and Entrepreneurs. The International Workshop on Youth Innovative Leadership and Entrepreneurship Development was held in Helsinki, Finland in November. It aims to facilitate the exchange of leadership and entrepreneurship best practice and nurture leadership and entrepreneurial skills.

  • Young Leaders tackle the complexities of culture

    Photograph of Berlinda Chin

    Figuring out how culture affects real life experiences was the challenge put to members of our Young Leaders Auckland Pilot Programme at their most recent training session.

    Role play and discussion were used to improve understanding about the complexities of culture, effective communication and the importance of cultural self awareness.

    The importance of understanding unconscious bias which influences our attitudes and behaviour was also a focus.