Youth Ambassadors

Introducing our eleven Youth Ambassadors for 2015!

Our awesome Youth Ambassadors raise awareness about children's rights, support UNICEF's campaigns and help empower young people to take action on issues that they are passionate about.


Nadya Fauzia

 Hi! My name is Nadya Fauzia, I'm 18 years old and in my first year at the University of Auckland studying law and commerce. I'm interested in economics - in particular, how decisions made by the government affect those who are most vulnerable such as children. I love collaborating on ideas with young people that make a positive difference, and this role encapsulates just that.  This is my second year as a Youth Ambassador, and I look forward to continue working closely with UNICEF NZ.

Sonny Ngatai

Mauria mai o koutou pare kawakawa. Ka tau ki kāpunipuni o whakapaurangi, o whakaotirangi. E au heke te au, e rere te hau. Koia e heke nei te tangata ki te pō, tū tonu mai koutou hei au huri waka nui. Tena koutou katoa my name is Sonny Ngatai and I’m an 18 year old student who is bi-cultural and bi-lingual. I believe that culture is important, as it is a part of one’s identity.  It is my interest to promote the importance of knowing your culture for all, but especially among the Maori community. I've found that through globalization culture has been slowly fading away, and my main focus will be  knowing how to live culturally and actively participate as citizens of the world. My message is that we all need a sense of identity. That’s why I am a firm supporter of UNICEF as it is neutral giving two perspectives and it gives me a voice for issues that are important to me.

Ripeka Reiri

Kia Ora! I’m Ripeka Reiri, a first year Law and International Relations student at Victoria University. I am passionate about reducing the effects of Child Poverty, especially within New Zealand. I have always tried to include myself in Youth initiatives that express my interest of Child rights as it is important for young people to be aware of the issues children in New Zealand are facing today. I am looking forward to meeting and working with the other Youth Ambassadors, and to being that driving force for change within our communities.

Vincent Nguyen

Hello! My name is Le Hung Nguyen, and my nickname is Vincent. I come from My Tho, a small town of Viet Nam. I’ve just come to New Zealand last year and I immediately fell in love with this country for its natural beauty and friendly people. Living and studying in New Zealand is a precious opportunity for me since I have a chance to approach voluntary works and develop social skills besides school work. As fundraising for UNICEF is one of my main activities, I understand the importance of the organization in improving children's lives worldwide . Now, as a part of the 2015 Youth Ambassador team, I hope that I can contribute my enthusiasm and passion to fulfill these goals and build a better future for the world.

Saffron Huang

Hello! I’m Saffron and I’m in Year 13 at Macleans College in Auckland. I love to do things, and some of these things include tennis, choir, reading and doing what I can for those who are less privileged. I can’t wait to work with this team of passionate young people to really bring attention to some of the immense issues that children around the world face every day — in particular in terms of child poverty, gender equality, and protecting the rights of the most vulnerable.

Rayden Horton

Kia ora koutou! No Taumarunui ahau. Ko Rayden Horton toku ingoa. I was born and raised in Taumarunui and very proud to be of Maori, English, Irish and Scottish decent. In my life I have seen a lot of poverty within my family, in my community and around the country. For too long a lot of our tamariki have lived below the line, and I believe that needs to change. This has given me the inspiration to do something about it and UNICEF is a good place to start. I have a major interest area in Education, Health and Social Policy and hope to one day be the Minister of Social Development and Education to make changes to ensure that the wellbeing of our children is being upheld. I look forward to working with UNICEF and others to ensure the protection and wellbeing of our tamariki. Mauri Ora!

 Cheska Saavedra

Hi, my name is Cheska! I’m a year 13 student and hail from the lovely city of Hamilton. I enjoy reading, indie music, psycho-thrillers and historical fiction movies. Next year, I plan to take up Law or Development Studies at Vic Uni. My first love would have to be debating and public speaking. I have been doing both for almost 5 years. Actually witnessing the effects of extreme poverty and conflicts in developing countries inspired me to become a Youth Ambassador. My goal for this year is to work hard for both international and domestic advocacy to raise awareness about the issues children around the world face. Through this, I hope to become a voice for and with children.

Steven Wang

Hello! My name is Steven and I am currently studying at ACG Parnell College as a year 13.  Having strong interests and passion in both physics and mathematics, I am aiming to study engineering in the future. It was due to these passions that I was able to gain insight into the problematic inequality which exists in the world. Some children, due to the lack education, will never be able to understand the basic principles which our universe is founded upon. An incessant supporter of UNICEF, I wish to utilize my knowledge in these subjects as well as my youth ambassador position to alleviate this inequality. I am looking forward to the upcoming 2 years when I will be working alongside UNICEF in mitigating these debilitating problems.

Nardos Tilahun

Selam!  I’m Nardos and 18 years old, originally from Ethiopia. I’m currently starting my conjoint degree in Law and BA (Politics and International Relations) at the University of Auckland. I love Art and I’m passionate about Human Rights. I look forwards to the opportunity provided to me as a Youth Ambassador to not only further advocate for the rights of children but also help provide more opportunities for other youth to engage in Social issues they feel passionate about.

Ethyn Sturm

My name is Ethyn and I am 16 years old. I live in Mid-Canterbury, where I attended Mt Hutt college, and study Philosophy at Canterbury University. I'm extremely excited about working with Unicef this year. I feel as though, as an ethical human being; it is only fair and just that I contribute to the increase in value of life for the less fortunate and most vulnerable. While also providing perspective and criticism to create a more positive society as a whole. This year I look forward to my efforts in communicating with other youth and youth groups in New Zealand, where I will have the opportunity to exchange insight on the issues that threaten children globally and nationally.

Jennifer Wright

Hi, my name is Jennifer Wright, I'm 18 years old, have graduated high school and I'll be heading out to New York University in September. There, I'll majoring in economics and minoring in business. I'm very excited about my role this year as a Youth Ambassador with UNICEF because it is an excellent opportunity to make a tangible difference to young people both inside and outside of New Zealand.

If you would like more information about the Youth Ambassadors or want to get involved in their plans for the year, please email