Ezekiel is a 2018 Queen’s Young Leader Award Recipient, and a champion for improving mental health and wellbeing amongst rangatahi and Māori men.
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Vanisa is the President of the National Council of Women. She’s helping to lead the movement for a more Gender Equal New Zealand.
Guy is the Founder and CEO of Inspiring Stories, the instigator behind Festival for the Future, and a former Young New Zealander of the Year.
Alexia is a 2018 Queen’s Young Leader Award Recipient. She’s the Founder and Co-director of GirlBoss NZ, and is challenging the status quo.
Justin is the Founder of New Zealand AI, and is passionate about emerging technology and new opportunities to create customer value.
Jill is the Deputy Mayor of Wellington City – the first Māori woman elected into this position. She plans to make Wellington NZ’s Te Reo Maori Capital.
Guled is a former refugee who is passionate about advancing the social wellbeing, inclusion and development of ethnic and refugee communities.
Louise is the CEO of Akina, helping to grow social enterprise in New Zealand. The NZ Government recently invested $5.5M to support this.
Malcolm is the CEO of LGNZ, working across New Zealand’s 78 local, regional and unitary councils, and acting as a voice into Central Government.
Josiah is a recipient of the Prime Minister's Pacific Youth Leadership Award, and part of the panel working on NZ’s mental health inquiry.
Chloe is NZ’s youngest MP in over 40 years. She is the Spokesperson for Education, Tertiary Education and Youth for the Green Party.
Adithi leads strategy and operations, and the social impact practice at Deloitte NZ. She’s passionate solving wicked problems.
HON. ANDREW BECROFT
Andrew is the youth principal chief justice, and Children’s Commissioner working with some of New Zealand’s most vulnerable young people.
Mateawa is a business owner who is passionate about empowering Ngati Porou women to achieve financial and economic independence.
Head of Te Pūtahi-a-Toi, Massey University's School of Māori Knowledge. His work focuses on rangatahi-centered pathways.
Pamela a former winter olympian, and the founder and CEO of PrefabNZ. PrefabNZ seeks out and creates solutions for NZ’s housing crisis.
Carina heads up the Future Leaders programme run by Inspiring Stories, working with young people to make a difference in grassroots New Zealand.
HON. PHIL TWYFORD
Now as NZ’s Minister of Housing and Urban Development, he is committed to fixing Auckland’s housing and transport issues and deliver hope and opportunity to all people.
Georgina was elected as the world’s first openly transsexual Mayor (Carterton), and then as the world’s first openly transsexual Member of Parliament.
Ben is former chef and ideas guy. His dream is to fuel disadvantaged children with the opportunity to learn, be successful and break the poverty cycle.
Activist and Social Entrepreneur in Residence at Massey University, Thomas was part of the Nobel Prize-winning Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons.
Anya is the Executive Officer of Ara Taiohi where she is working to raise and champion youth development and promote sustainability.
Glen believes that a more ethical and sustainable model for dairy farming is possible, and will share the challenges he’s faced trying to change the industry.
Merenia is Co-founder and Strategic Director of Manawa Ahi. She is passionate about building relationships for change.
Minister for Climate and Statistics, James believes in a high-value, clean-tech, post-carbon economy.
This incredible young Māori wahine has spent most of her life in a wheelchair. She was Head Girl at Northland College, and is a champion for young people.
Matt is a Research and Policy Analyst at Autism New Zealand. He is committed to transforming how society responds to disability and impairment.
Lisa is the National Convener of Generation Zero, Lisa is helping to mobilise New Zealand’s largest youth-led movement for action on climate change.
LATAYVIA TUALASEA TAUTAI
Latayvia is driven by the wellbeing of people and communities, and received a 2018 Youth Award for her outstanding leadership and community service.
Murray is the Wellington City Missioner who has worked with families, children and communities in need across New Zealand for over 15 years.
Emily is a Senior Lecturer of Politics at Massey. She is interested in what politics can learn from conflict mediation, therapy, education, and performance.
Tupua is a former child of the state, and Co-founder of VOYCE Whakarongo Mai - NZ’s first advocacy service for children under state care
Clarissa is an actor, writer, comedian, and theatre-maker. Her dream is for NZ to become a country where experience of mental distress is openly discussed, rather than a stigmatised.
Iraia is a Future Leader from Kawerau, and former head boy of Tarawera High School last year and is a member of the Kawerau Youth Council
Whaiora is a Future Leader from Kawerau and an advocate for mental health awareness, passionate about uplifting and helping youth.
Jade Kake is an architectural designer, writer, and housing advocate, with experience working with Māori land trusts to progress culturally-based sustainable development
Kristie is the Director of the Child Poverty Unit (CPU) at Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, where her role is to identify actions and policies for reducing child poverty
Toni is the 2iC and Communications Manager at RainbowYOUTH, and co-creater of Out Loud Aotearoa
Anahera, Future Leader, songwriter, producer and voting enthusiast. She is best known for a song she co-wrote that encourages youth to vote.
Oliver is the Executive Director of The New Zealand Initiative, the think tank supported by chief executives of New Zealand's largest companies.