The Official Launch of Multiethnic Young Leaders NZ took place at Government House (Auckland) on the evening of Thursday 24th of March. The ceremony was hosted by Their Excellencies, The Rt Honourable Dame Cindy Kiro and Dr Richard Davies.
Joining in celebration were ministers, commissioners, executives, directors, community leaders and Multiethnic Young Leaders friends and full members from across the motu (country).
Speakers for the evening included Her Excellency, The Rt Honourable Dame Cindy Kiro, Minister for Diversity, Inclusion and Ethnic Communities and Youth, The Hon Priyanca Radhakrishnan, and Multiethnic Young Leaders Board Members: Te Ariki Te Puni (Māori Vice-Chair at Multiethnic Young Leaders NZ), Tylah Farani-Watene (Pacific Vice-Chair at Multiethnic Young Leaders NZ) and Michelle Huang (Chair and Interim-GM at Multiethnic Young Leaders).
Below are a few quotes from our MYLN speakers on the evening:
“I truly believe that we have the potential to help society navigate its way to providing opportunities indiscriminately, by minimising the accessibility barriers that exist. This has been a goal and passion of mine for a long time, which stems from my desire to ultimately create an environment where potential can be realised by any individual regardless of their race, wealth, or class.” MYLN Maori Vice-Chair, Te Ariki Te Puni.
“I’m here because I want to see more young Pasifika leaders stand up. For us to come together as our ancestors did. While they were navigating oceans, we will navigate these systems and we will make our mark. We will continue to change the narrative of how the world sees Pasifika people.” MYLN Pasifika Vice-Chair, Ty Farani-Watene
“I hope that as a nation, we can eventually position ourselves as the country that maximises the human potential of everyone — that we become a magnet that attracts the world’s most ambitious, driven and purposeful diverse thinkers, creators and next-generation global leaders.” MYLN Chair and Interim-GM, Michelle Huang.
Multiethnic Young Leaders NZ would like to again acknowledge and thank all those who attended and witnessed the official launch of this kaupapa at Government House (Auckland) on Thursday 24th of March 2022, as well as everyone who has contributed to our journey and development to date.
In particular, we would like to express our sincerest gratitude to Their Excellencies, The Right Honourable Dame Cindy Kiro and Sir Richard Davis, as well as Andrea Stephen, Toni Young and the entire team at Government House, for generously hosting us for this special occasion.
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