• Young African leader recognised as a Woman of Influence

    Left to right - Fatumata Bah, Colin MacDonald, Chief Executive Department of Internal Affairs, Guled Mire OEC

    Fatumata Bah’s ability to demonstrate a capacity to influence and to act as a catalyst for change has resulted in her being selected as a finalist for the Woman of Influence awards. In its fourth year, the Women of Influence Programme identifies, recognises and celebrates the 100 most influential women shaping New Zealand across 10 categories: Arts and Culture, Board and Management, Business Enterprise, Community and Not for Profit, Diversity, Global, Science and Innovation, Public Policy and Rural.

  • Young Ethnic Leader to represent New Zealand at the OECD Forum

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    Sam Yoon, an alumnus of our Young Leaders Programme, has recently been selected by the Aotearoa Youth Leadership Institute to be a delegate at the OECD Forum in Paris. Sam will be representing New Zealand at this international forum that will be held from 28 May- 8 June 2016. The forum is anticipated to attract thousands of attendees from civil society, government (including heads of states), the private sector, academia and media.

  • New President for the New Zealand Chinese Students Association

    Image of Naisi Chen - President of the New Zealand Chinese Students' Association

    On 5th March, the New Zealand Chinese Students’ Association (NZCSA) held its 20th anniversary celebration at the University of Auckland.  Ms Naisi Chen has been officially appointed as the NZCSA's President for 2016.

  • 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.

  • Ship for World Youth, Next Generation Global Leaders Programme 2016

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    Naomi Simon-Kumar, a recent grad from our Youth Leaders programme, is heading off to Japan as part of the Ship for World Youth programme.

    “A friend encouraged me to apply. Having previously travelled on exchange to Japan as an exchange student, I was especially interested in participating in an international programme based in Asia that would allow me to make use of my own cross-cultural skills.”

  • 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.

  • From Traditional to Heavy Metal

    Musical Artist

    They say the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree and that’s certainly the case for Xi Yao Chen. The Hamilton-based musician, who moved to New Zealand 13 years ago, is the latest in a long line of family members to play the Guzheng, the traditional 21-stringed Chinese zither.

  • Young Leaders programme graduation 2014

    The Office of Ethnic Affairs Young Leaders programme for 2014 has ended on a high note with three graduation events held in Wellington, Christchurch, and Auckland. The Auckland event served as a combined graduation for Auckland and Hamilton based participants.

  • We want to hear your views on New Zealand’s Fifth Periodic Report to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child

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    New Zealand ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Children (UNCROC) on 6 April 1993. As a State Party to UNCROC, New Zealand must regularly report on our progress under UNCROC. Our next report, the Fifth Periodic Report, is due with the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child on 5 May 2015.

  • 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.