The most recent posts from the UN Youth New Zealand Blog are displayed below!

  • Festival for the Future 2018 August 12, 2018 by Justin Chen - Around half of New Zealanders are under the age of thirty-five, yet the average Member of Parliament in this country is in their fifties. Aged 23, Chloe Swarbrick became the youngest MP since Marilyn Waring entered Parliament in 1975. When a government is designed to represent the people it governs, it seems odd that the Continue Reading
  • World Friendship Day July 30, 2018 by Justin Chen - When someone mentions political friendships the first thing that pops into my mind is the Obama-Biden bromance. While I wish this blog post was all about the iconic pair, it’s arguably a little old news, and also not surprising given they hold similar values and work closely together in the same political party striving for Continue Reading
  • The Auckland Youth Advisory Panel July 12, 2018 by Jonah Tan - Vesinia Maka and Damian Piilua are the Chair and Deputy Chair, of the Auckland Youth Advisory Panel. I had the privilege of finding out some more about the panel and the work that they and the 19 other members do. The panel is made up of 21 youth from across Auckland, representing a different local Continue Reading
  • “Bossy”- It’s Real Meaning July 5, 2018 by Jonah Tan - Ever since I started school I’ve been a bright kid. In primary school, my hand was always up. I was in the gifted classes, I was labeled a leader, and I was confident in sharing my opinion, making friends and directing the conversation. But by the time I reached intermediate school, things had begun to Continue Reading
  • US Withdrawal from UN Human Rights Council – Do the Rights of Palestinians Matter Less? June 28, 2018 by Justin Chen -  The United Nations Human Rights Council is a body that seeks to strengthen, promote and protect human rights. A task that is not only important, but seemingly more and more relevant. Anyone living in a democratic nation would almost automatically assume their government would support such a venture. So it would seem at first glance Continue Reading
  • World Refugee Day June 21, 2018 by Justin Chen - To celebrate World Refugee Day we spoke to one of New Zealand’s most inspiring former refugees, Rez Gardi. Rez was named Young New Zealander of the Year 2017 for her services to human rights. She was born in a refugee camp and arrived in New Zealand under the refugee quota. Rez told us that growing Continue Reading
  • What is Trump’s Problem with the Iran Deal? June 7, 2018 by Justin Chen - You do not need to be a political expert to know that Donald Trump has long hated the Iran Deal. As with almost everything, Trump made his thoughts emphatically clear. In 2016, he labelled it the “worst deal ever.” On 8 May he finally acted on his dislike for the deal, withdrawing the United States Continue Reading
  • International Day of UN Peacekeepers June 1, 2018 by Justin Chen - We hear a lot about conflict; scenes of war flood television, computer and smartphone screens almost as quickly as they disappear from our minds and thoughts. We see cities destroyed by bombs and guns, we see millions of displaced people in refugee camps and we see terrible suffering. We might not be personally affected by Continue Reading
  • Economic Development May 30, 2018 by Justin Chen -   Aotearoa Youth Declaration is an annual conference for High School Students which connects young people with government policy. Participants work in Focus Groups to develop policy statements that represent their views and priorities on a range of subjects. The statements below were drafted by the participants of the Economic Development Focus Group, and approved by Continue Reading
  • Culture & Heritage May 30, 2018 by Justin Chen -   Aotearoa Youth Declaration is an annual conference for High School Students which connects young people with government policy. Participants work in Focus Groups to develop policy statements that represent their views and priorities on a range of subjects. The statements below were drafted by the participants of the Culture & Heritage Focus Group, and Continue Reading