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Mission Statement

We have a passion for growing young people. We inspire global citizens.

UN Youth is a non-profit organisation that provides civics education outside the traditional classroom context. Through fun workshops, Model UN, and discussion groups, we engage secondary and tertiary students in the most pressing affairs of their country and the international community.

Our aim is to connect young people with others who care, and help them develop confidence in their own beliefs and abilities. UN Youth is a springboard to help youth go out into the world feeling empowered to make good change.

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Mission Statement

Throughout Aotearoa, our work equips young people to become informed, engaged, and critical New Zealanders who understand their global context and the connections between the local and the global. Our organisation provides young people with the necessary educational and social skills to excel. Annually, over 2000 New Zealanders from Northland to Southland attend a UN Youth event.

We are a registered charity run by young volunteers and form the youth branch of the United Nations Association of New Zealand (UNANZ). As one of many UN Youth Associations around the world, we are part of the World Federation of United Nations Associations (WFUNA).


Want to get involved in UN Youth New Zealand and become part of our team? You've come to the right place. We are constantly seeking talented, ambitious and motivated young people to help us do what we do even better! View all opportunities.

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Pacific Project 2016 Assistant Director

Pacific Project is an annual trip for high school students that combines a week at the prestigious UN Youth Australia National Conference with a cultural exchange on a Pacific Island. If you're ready to discover new countries, cultures and communities, apply for Pacific Project.

In 2015, UN Youth NZ took a delegation of ten New Zealand high school students first to Hobart for UN Youth Australia’s National Conference. Here, they joined over 100 passionate young people from all across Australia and experienced a week packed full of Model UN debates, incredible workshops, fascinating speakers and so much more.

Hobart was followed by a cultural exchange in Vanuatu where delegates experienced a new culture, engaged in locally-driven volunteer activities and learnt about New Zealand’s role in Pacific development. 

The Assistant Director Position

UN Youth New Zealand will select two Assistant Directors to assist the Director in leading the delegation. The role of an Assistant Director is primarily to support the Director in the responsibilities discussed above. It is likely that each Assistant Director will be assigned a specific role pertaining to a particular aspect of Pacific Project. These roles might cover things such as educational material, logistics, or sponsorship. 

The role of an Assistant Director at National Conference will be acting as a Divisional Facilitator. Similar to the Director’s role, this emphasises facilitation and looking after welfare of delegates.

The Pacific Project Assistant Director positions are partially subsidised. Each Assistant Director must be prepared to pay a fee of roughly $1,500 NZD (within a 10% margin) towards the trip. Ultimately, this fee is dependent on the budget prepared by the Director; confirmation of this budget will occur in consultation with the National Executive.

The Director and Assistant Directors will be reimbursed for reasonable expenses in the performance of their duties. The Directors may also have to cover some incidental costs themselves.

View the application pack here!

SEND APPLICATION FORM TO: [email protected]