Youth Ambassadors

Youth Ambassador programme

The Youth Ambassador programme is an initiative of the Minister of Veterans’ to ensure the enduring legacy of New Zealand veterans’ is carried into the future.

The programme involves the current generation of young New Zealanders sharing their stories and experiences of remembering New Zealand’s service in war and conflict.

Following the successful inaugural Youth Ambassador delegation to the centenary of the Gallipoli landing in 2015, this year will see a further delegation head to Belgium for the Battle of Passchendaele centenary, with the New Zealand Defence Force contingent.

The 2017 Passchendaele Youth Ambassadors will share their experiences as they travel to Belgium, learn about New Zealand’s contributions to the First World War, and how these duties were central in the development of our nationhood and freedom – in the past, today, and into the future.


Youth Ambassadors are selected from a range of New Zealand programmes and competitions.

Upcoming selection opportunities

Previous and closed selection opportunities

  • 2017 Prime Minister’s Youth Programme
  • 2016 Minister of Veterans’ Affairs multi media competition
  • 2016 New Zealand Cadet Forces Cadet of the Year competition
  • Outstanding students from the Limited Service Volunteer programme
  • Outstanding student from the Services Academy programme

About the Youth Ambassadors

Youth Ambassadors are aged 17 to 19 years old, and a selected from a range of New Zealand programmes and competitions.

The role of a Youth Ambassador is a voluntary one, however many costs are covered by the New Zealand Defence Force, including:

  • travel, accommodation, and meals related to attending a Youth Ambassador workshop in Wellington, and
  • travel, travel insurance, accommodation, and meals to attend the overseas commemorative event in Belgium.