Charlotte Barber, a Year 13 at Queen Margaret College, is looking at how a person’s purpose in life is often tied to achieving specific outcomes. She is involved in debating at her school, through which she has gained knowledge on a wide range of issues.
Charlotte is passionate about helping others “connect the dots” in aspects of their own lives, and is the author of a blog, The Healthy Factory (thehealthyfactory.co.nz), that “connects the dots” for other teenagers in areas such as time management, mindfulness, and healthy eating. She’ll be answering the question: “what do we do when there is no Plan B?”
Hama Tau’alupe is a creative practicioner, exploring culture and inclusivity. She has aspirations to spread genuine human connection through creating. She has had vast experience in public speaking, having been involved in debating, spoken word, and poetry. Through all of her experiences, she has developed a multifaceted perspective on identity and society.
Hama is passionate about sparking a conversation about creating an open and inclusive environment, particularly in a society which often suppresses many serious issues. She’ll be answering the question: “how do we find ourselves culturally in the modern multifaceted day and age?”
Hannah Ward is an experienced volunteer, most well known for her welfare roles in UN Youth and as a volunteer ambulance officer with St. John. In her third year at Victoria University of Wellington studying a BA in Development Studies and Public Policy, Hannah is passionate about a diverse range of things, from diplomacy to education to volunteering.
Natasha Scott, a Year 13 student at Newlands College, wants to discuss how learning disabilities don’t have to stop us from accomplishing what we want to do. In her spare time, Natasha can be found writing books from the multiple ideas she has, learning Muay Thai, or engaging in creative writing club. She has learned first-hand how it feels to tackle life with dyspraxia, and isn’t stopping as you can see.
Natasha is enthusiastic about spreading her ideas to the world, whether they be fiction or real. She brings a humorous outlook on her life, and the way it shapes her view of the rest of the world.
Ryan Maass, currently in his final year at Newlands College, is exploring the relationship between media and personal thinking. He is heavily involved in UN Youth, having attended both regional and national events. Through these experiences, he has learnt the tremendous power that youth have in shaping discussion around pressing issues.
Ryan is very passionate about voicing his opinions on social issues, particularly those that impact a diverse group of people. He hopes to bring his interactive speaking style and insightful ideas to good use on our stage. He’ll be answering the question: “why do we remain optimistic in a world dominated by negative media?”
Watene Campbell (Ngati Awa, Ngati Kahungunu, Ngati Porou) is a Year 12 student at Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Ngā Mokopuna in Seatoun. An avid rugby player, Watene is a member of the Wellington City Youth Council, and appeared in a series of promotional videos for the Wellington City Council’s Te Tauihu policy advocating for whakamana reo Māori.
Whakamana is a Māori word meaning to advocate for something, or to build it up. Through his talk, Watene hopes to whakamana young people, and help them hold their rangatiratanga and whakapapa within themselves.
“By knowing who you are, you can accomplish a lot. For me personally, knowing who I am and where I come from has helped me in a lot of situations in my life, and I hope that my talk can accomplish that for other people as well.”