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

  • GDT20: It’s Up to You, New York! January 24, 2020 by Patrick Hayes - Our delegation has been having a wonderful time on our Global Development Tour. We are just about to jet off from London to experience Rome, and the rest of Europe. From some of our delegates in the meanwhile, however, is a collection of thoughts from our first leg of the trip, in New York. Our Continue Reading
  • GDT 2020 Off to a Literal Flying Start! January 15, 2020 by Patrick Hayes - Hello and welcome to the inaugural post of our GDT blog for 2020! We are quite literally off to a flying start, having just jetted 26 hours to get to our destination here in New York City! 22 of New Zealand’s youngest and most outstanding leaders have embarked on a month long educational tour of Continue Reading
  • Last Stop, Tokyo March 11, 2019 by Jonah Tan - When you’re thinking about dream cities, you’re instantly bombarded with images of Parisian wining, Italian dining, or the great New York adventure. After a while, as fantasy turns into a comprehensive bucket-list, you begin to remember less mainstream, equally dreamy cities. What would Tokyo be like? Ah. I’m glad you asked. Tokyo is beautiful at Continue Reading
  • Shanghai, a Highlight March 11, 2019 by Jonah Tan - The first glimpse we had of Shanghai was like playing Minecraft with the view distance set to tiny. Everything was shrouded in sheets of grey fog. Our overnight train pulled in at about 7am: cue the mad half-asleep dash through the metro system with big bags over our shoulders and under our eyes. We were Continue Reading
  • Guangzhou, Let’s go! March 10, 2019 by Jonah Tan - Previously known as Canton and the trading hub of China, we at last arrived in Guangzhou, China! Guangzhou is the third largest city in China, with a population of over 13 million people, transparently obvious when we were greeted with a vast crowd we battled through with our suitcases to the metro in order to Continue Reading
  • Hello Ho Chi Minh! February 27, 2019 by Jonah Tan - Ho Chi Minh. A small man with a humble disposition. Ironically, nothing could be more different from such a figure than the city named after him. Ho Chi Minh City, formerly Saigon, is a bustling, vibrant whirlwind of colours and lights that don’t care for a second about getting all up in your face. It Continue Reading
  • Selamat Datang di Indonesia February 23, 2019 by Jonah Tan - Halo, Selamat Datang di Indonesia! Welcome to Indonesia! Our time in Jakarta was a rollercoaster, every day unpredictable and different. The busy streets, the friendly people, the heat and simply being Jakarta celebrities – all had its challenges. On our first day in Jakarta, we began by facing the ultimate quest… crossing the road! Despite Continue Reading
  • Sing Sing Singapore February 16, 2019 by Jonah Tan - Singapore 9th February - 12th February Familiar faces, wide smiles, anxious at heart and potentially overweight suitcases. We all came together at Auckland International Airport ready to depart for a whirlwind trip, first stop Chinatown Singapore. Ticking off the bucket list we set our sights on Gardens by the Bay where many selfies were taken and we were Continue Reading
  • In the City of Dreams February 8, 2019 by Gauri Prabhakar - There is something to be said about a 3am wake-up call and that’s the fact that they should never happen. Alas, given that it was our only flight out to the City of Dreams (an homage to Sigmund Freud), the Delegates and Directors mentally prepared themselves for the oh-so-familiar shrill of the Apple alarm clock. Continue Reading
  • BRRRRR-LIN! February 7, 2019 by Gauri Prabhakar - After a late-night arrival, the Delegation woke up eager and excited to explore the kookiest city on our itinerary: Berlin. With an appealing mix of old and new, walls painted with graffiti, and dozens upon dozens of vegan cafes, Berlin felt like the cool new kid on the block. We traipsed our way through the Continue Reading