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UNICEF Aotearoa calls for the next Young Ambassadors.

14 MARCH 2023 – UNICEF Aotearoa is on the search for the next Young Ambassadors, aged 17-24 years old. Seven months out from the election, youth need opportunities to hold the mic and speak out on issues that matter to them in Aotearoa, the Pacific and around the world. 

Chris Coromandel, Head of New Zealand Programmes and Advocacy, says that this is a great opportunity for young people to stand up and represent their community, and raise awareness on important issues such as climate change and equality.  

“We’ve seen the devastating impacts of cyclone Gabrielle as it ripped through Aotearoa, and more than 1 billion children are at high risk of climate hazards worldwide,” says Coromandel. “We need to ensure that young people are included in discussions as it’s their generation which will be most affected.”

“When you join UNICEF, you’re becoming part of a globally connected whānau. Young Ambassadors will have opportunities to say it straight to decision makers, address the issues that others ignore, inspire their communities, and use their voices to bring about positive change.”  

The successful applicants will collaborate with UNICEF Aotearoa to drive awareness in their communities and help support solutions to some of the issues that young people care about most. The Young Ambassadors will be passionate about children’s rights, equality, and the world around them.  

“We need youth to remind government and political decision makers that children need to be heard, not just at the election on 14 October, but every day of the year,” says Coromandel. 

Applications close on 2 April. For more information visit,

UNICEF Aotearoa
UNICEF Aotearoa

About UNICEF Aotearoa New Zealand 

The New Zealand National Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF Aotearoa New Zealand) is an independent charitable trust registered in New Zealand that raises funds for UNICEF’s emergency and development work around the world and advocates for the rights of children in Aotearoa and around the world. UNICEF Aotearoa New Zealand is one of 33 National Committees who as national charitable organisations support UNICEF’s mission in their countries. For more information about UNICEF Aotearoa New Zealand and its work for children, visit