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12/04/2019 5:00pm

The Waihi Ward is supporting two Waihi College students to represent Waihi at the United Nations Aotearoa Youth Declaration.

The Ward grant of $320 will help cover Holly Elson-Fisher and Amy Magyar costs at the four-day conference, which will begin at the University of Auckland on April 14.

“Incredible opportunity”

Holly said it was an incredible opportunity that gave students from all over New Zealand the chance to meet like-minded and enthusiastic people who are passionate about making changes in Aotearoa and contributing to their community.

“This is a fantastic event which we are both extremely excited about,” she said.

Topics covered

Topics include climate change, justice, education, health systems, culture and diversity, governance, heritage, international relations and more.

The students will also have the opportunity to speak to politicians, business owners and attend workshops during the four days.

An important event

“We believe that this is an important event that can teach the two of us a lot about how this country works and how we, as young people, can make positive changes within our community,” Holly said.

“The youth declaration presses the importance of bringing what we learn from the four days back into our local and wider community and this is something that the two of us are very passionate about.”

Natural leaders

The pair are both members of the Waihi Leo club, have leadership roles within their school, are the honoured recipients of a Young Achiever award, and have participated in and organised many community events.

UNGirls Amy Mayor

Amy Magyar speaks at the recent student-led climate change march in Waihi, with Holly Elson-Fisher (behind) and Hauraki District Mayor John Tregidga.