Commonwealth Youth New Zealand Executive Director Aaron Hape has today announced the appointment of Sir Anand Satyanand as Patron of Commonwealth Youth New Zealand. “Sir Anand has a deep knowledge of the workings of the Commonwealth and has a genuine appreciation of the diverse groups and communities that make New Zealand and the Commonwealth vibrant and inclusive,” said Mr Hape. “As the former Chair of the Commonwealth Foundation, Sir Anand will bring many personal strengths with him to the role of Patron. Throughout his extensive career in the law and as New Zealand’s Governor-General, Sir Anand has reinforced his support of the Commonwealth and its values. I thank Sir Anand for his eagerness to accept my invitation to become CYNZ’s Patron.” Sir Anand is a former lawyer, judge and ombudsman. He was New Zealand’s 19th Governor-General between 2006 and 2011, and was Chair of the Commonwealth Foundation between 2013 and 2016. He has taken a close and supportive interest in CYNZ in its first three years of operation and was the keynote speaker at CYNZ’s foundation meeting in 2014. Sir Anand has been appointed for a term of three years. ENDS
Media contact AARON HAPE Executive Director firstname.lastname@example.org +64 27 739 6382 About Commonwealth Youth New Zealand We provide opportunities for young people in New Zealand to become the next generation of global leaders. We empower young people to realise their potential, act on issues they are passionate about, and unlock their natural leadership skills. We embody the values set out in the Commonwealth Charter. In addition to these values, we have three core principles: Education and information-sharing We strive to educate young people on the purpose, significance and relevance of the Commonwealth in New Zealand society. We inform and build knowledge on issues encompassing the Commonwealth which impact young people and future generations. Active citizenship and empowerment We promote active citizenship in a local, national and international context. We empower young people to make a valuable contribution in society, and be confident and bold to involve themselves at governance and decision-making levels. We emphasise the importance of young people contributing to and influencing decisions which will impact their futures. Diverse and inclusive Commonwealth Youth New Zealand is diverse and inclusive of all young people in New Zealand, and we pride ourselves on the values of non-discrimination, equality, tolerance, respect and understanding. We are representative of New Zealand’s young people, and include a wide demographic from 15 – 29 years of age.