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posted: 3:05 pm - 16th February 2018
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(Picture caption: The 2016 Prime Minister’s Pacific Youth Award recipients. CREDIT RNZ.)

A strong advocate for the Prime Minister’s Pacific Youth Awards, Air New Zealand, is offering exceptional young leaders the opportunity of a lifetime.

Supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT), Air New Zealand will present the winner of the 2018 PMPYA Leadership and Inspiration category a prestigious opportunity to intern at the NZ Embassy East West Post in Honolulu, Hawaii for a week.

Based in the exciting Pacific Hub, the winner will attend targeted diplomatic events happening at the time of travel.

The Air New Zealand Leadership and Inspiration Award (supported by MFAT) recognises a young person who has demonstrated outstanding leadership qualities by leading a project in their community, church or school or has acted in a way that has inspired others to make a positive change in their own life or the lives of others.

Air New Zealand has supported the PMPYA for several years, and Manager of Regulatory Affairs (Government and Industry) Cath O'Brien says it is a privilege to be able to engage with young people from the Pacific region who are doing great things and impacting their communities positively.

 “Air New Zealand is proud to partner with the Ministry for Pacific Peoples and with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) in the delivery of the Air New Zealand Leadership and Inspiration Award,” Cath says.

“Research shows diverse workforces benefit from more expansive thinking and better decision-making, and developing talented young people from the Pacific will broaden New Zealand’s talent pool.” 

Over the course of its supporting PMPYA, the Air New Zealand team has been hugely impressed by the talent and commitment demonstrated by all finalists, Cath says.  

The winners are not the only beneficiaries of PMPYA – with Air New Zealand benefiting from both the engagement with prize winners, and the strong relationship with MPP.

“We look forward to developing the relationship into the future,” she says.

The final assessment for the 2018 PMPYA applicants gets underway on February 19 and 21.

The ideal recipient for the Leadership and Inspiration award is someone who has the ability to build relationships during an overseas trip like the one up for grabs, and to leverage those relationships for success in the future, Cath says.

“People who are emerging leaders and strong communicators are likely to make the most of this incredible opportunity.”

She adds it is Air New Zealand’s hope the young person who receives the Leadership and Inspiration Award is able to see the world from a new, broader horizon.

“In travelling with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the winner is able to experience New Zealand as a participant in global conversations.

“It really is an incredible opportunity, and we are delighted to be able to support it.” 

Visit Air New Zealand to learn about our national airline, and check out MPP  for more information on PMPYA.