SEED Youth Forum

We are excited to announce registrations for SEED Youth Forum 2016 is officially open! 

SEED is a high school based P3 foundation program which aims to facilitate the younger generation with the necessary tools required in order to take the lead in achieving our mission to end poverty. The programme encourages involvement in a variety of events – including Youth Forum 2016!

The SEED Youth Forum gives New Zealand high school students the chance to interact and collaborate with like-minded people over solutions on how New Zealand can meet the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. This is a great opportunity to make valuable connections and enjoy a great weekend filled with a range of valuable speakers and exciting activities.

We're holding it on 22-23 October 2015 at the University of Auckland. Lunch and snacks will be provided. Spaces are strictly limited. First come, first served. Register now - registrations close at 23:59 Tuesday 18 October. It's going to be awesome!

Got questions? No problem - just email us at [email protected]. Otherwise, use the form on the right to buy tickets with bank deposit, credit card, or Paypal.

  • October 22, 2016 at 9:00am – October 23, 2016
  • University of Auckland
    22 Princes St
    Auckland, New Zealand 1010
    New Zealand
    Google map and directions
  • $30.00 NZD
  • 13 people are going
  • Got questions? Just email Nicholl!


Karla Abrigo Heejoo Jang Jungyoon Park Shannon Lu Ilenia Chandra Jade Leung Nicholl Oblitas-Costa David Tong Selwyn Fraser Lea Marie Abuyan Charlie Norton Katie Roe

Will you come?

$120.00 SEED Youth Forum - Group Rate

Five tickets for the price of four!

$30.00 SEED Youth Forum - Regular Ticket

Your ticket for the Forum!

We have big new Global Goals - but now we need a plan!

Last year, all the world's governments agreed on a set of 17 new, ambitious Global Goals to end poverty, roll back inequality, and halt climate change, all by 2030: the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

But goals don't mean anything without a plan. That's where you come in. We want to co-create New Zealand youth's plan for 2030 with you.

Learn more!

"Goal 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere"

1.2 billion people live in extreme poverty worldwide. That means they live on less than NZ$2.85 per day. We believe it's time to change that, and our Government has promised to work to end extreme poverty by 2030.

But there's more than one kind of poverty. Different countries use different measures of relative poverty. Poverty exists here in New Zealand too - especially amongst children and young people. And our Government has signed onto a goal of halving that.

"Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all"

Education is a human right. But not everyone has access to it.

In the words of Malala Yousafzai: "We are starving for education... it's like a precious gift. It's like a diamond…"

What do you think New Zealand needs to do to ensure all girls and boys have access to education?

"Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans"

Aotearoa New Zealand is surrounded by oceans. But our world's oceans are under threat. Just last week, scientists declared the Great Barrier Reef dead.

It's no wonder that young Kiwis like you ranked look after our oceans, coasts, and sea life as one of the top three Global Goals. But where should we start?




Ben Scott | The Lucy Foundation

Ben is the co-founder of The Lucy Foundation - a social enterprise aimed at increasing the social and economic inclusion of disabled people through environmentally, economically and socially sustainable trade.

Ben is passionate about bringing community development and business innovation together to end poverty and inequality. He works in the social development sector as an advisor, growing collaborative, sustainable, community-centred initiatives that address the social needs across Hamilton. Ben also has a background in business development and youth work.

The Lucy Foundation's first project is all about coffee! They are helping to create education and employment opportunities for people with disabilities in the coffee industry here in Aotearoa and in Mexico (where the coffee grows!). The goal is to create an entirely inclusive (and environmentally/economically sustainable) supply chain of specialty coffee - from seed to cup.


lifewise-team-moira-lawler.jpgMoira Lawler | Lifewise

Moira has a background in community education, community development and local economic development. She has worked in a range of governance and leadership roles in the NGO and government sectors in West Auckland and Porirua.

Lifewise is an Auckland-based community social development organisation, who develop new ways to solve challenging social issues, and work with families, older people, people with disabilities, and people at risk of homelessness to turn people’s lives around.

Focusing on the principle of interdependence rather than independence or dependence, Lifewise is recognised for their work providing sustainable solutions to social issues, rather than focusing on simply meeting immediate needs, in an attempt to address the root causes of social isolation and disadvantage. Lifewise offer services and support for individuals and families to imagine a better future and build their capacity to achieve that vision.

JUSTIN-PORTRAIT-206x300.pngJustin Sung | Foster our Future

Justin Sung is a senior medical student and certified tertiary teacher. Using his teaching experience alongside the evidence-focus of medicine, he strives to turn idealism into norm.

Foster our Future is an evidence-based and collaborative non-profit company that seeks to enhance learner outcomes and develop leaders in the communities that need them most. Our focus on learning psychology and theory, combined with our strong iterative and evidence-centric model of operation is what makes Foster Our Future unique.



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Steven Zohrab and Daniel Keat are currently the National President and VP Partnership Development (respectively) for AIESEC in New Zealand, which provides cross cultural leadership exchanges targeting the SDG’s.

Working with AIESEC over the past three years has seen Steven and Daniel lead local committees at their universities and has taken them to places such as Vietnam, India and Poland to attend international youth conferences focusing on 

AIESEC’s partnership with the UN and creating impact through exchange.

In their experience, Steven and Daniel have seen hundreds of people create quality education internationally through AIESEC’s exchange programs and believe strongly in the impact one individual can have.


Marayke BoumaMarayke Bouma | The Spirit of Adventure

Marayke will be respresenting the Spirit of Adventure as one of their cadets. She is an environmental science student.

Spirit of Adventure Trust is an organisation dedicated to the development of youth. The objective from the start has been to provide the youth of New Zealand access to a character development programme through sail training. It comprises a team of individuals on the ship and in the support office who are passionate, proud and embody the essence of the Spirit of Adventure Trust in every light. They take pride in our New Zealand roots and are deeply connected to the history, culture and heritage of New Zealand.

The Spirit of Adventure really values the importance of having clean coastlines and are big advocates for keeping New Zealand clean and green.


Alex Whitcombe | World MeritPacific Adaptation to Climate Change

"Kia ora koutou, ko Alex Whitcombe toku ingoa, no Aotearoa ahau. I am Alex, passionate social innovator from New Zealand. I am drawn to contributing towards social complex problems to improve the livelihood and environment of others."

The Pacific Adaption to Climate Change (PACC) project has the assessed the vulnerability of 14 small countries in the Pacific Ocean. The goal is to build resilience to climate change by responding to their needs with adaptation techniques. The focus is on - coastal zone management, food security and food production, and water resources management. They have identified the key interactions with water and responded with low-cost solutions - example 1: Plumbing and guttering that captures leaves and plant matter and rain water is filtered into storage containers for drinking and recreational use. The PACC team has embedded these adaptation techniques into policy making at a local and national level to influence decision making.

Screen_Shot_2016-10-21_at_6.37.39_PM.pngJenny Sahng | The Learning Collaborative

The Learning Collaborative builds a web of services that enables every young person to realise this definition of success. Their belief is that students should graduate high school excited about where they are headed, aware of the pathways they can take to get there, and confident and capable of going after their pathway of choice.

They provide services around the areas of education in New Zealand such as crash-courses before exams and academic coaching. This organisation was founded by one of our alumni Jade Leung who is currently starting her PHD at Oxford University.


You'll meet and get to know an incredible bunch of young New Zealanders, but there's a lot more to it than that. You'll have a chance to use your practical skills to help build a finer Aotearoa.

But, most importantly, you'll not only get a chance to learn more about the new Global Goals: you'll get a chance to raise your voice and help co-create New Zealand youth's plan from now until 2030.




All Good believes Fairtrade shouldn't be a special term. They think all businesses should be fair. That's why they've worked hard to bring you Fairtrade bananas from the El Guabo cooperative of small farmers in Ecuador because we know that they do more than just fair trading, they make a difference to thee lives of growers, their kids, our kids and the land.

We'd like to extend big thanks to All Good for loading us up with a big stock of delicious bananas.



Established in 2012, Tart Bakery is a small family owned business that prides itself on yummy, fresh food made from scratch. Philippa, a mother of five kids (who all help out at the bakery), founded Tart Bakery simply because she loved baking, and wanted to share this passion with her neighbourhood.

Tart uses use stone based deck ovens to create the best food consistently. Their bakers, Philippa, Taz and Andrew start at 3am daily to bring you beautiful bread, pastries and other delicious baked goods. 

They've very kindly agreed to sponsor us with some of their top grade baking. Thanks, friends!

TAG-750x540px-3.jpgTurners and Growers

Their roots go back to 1897, when Edward Turner Esq. began his New Zealand fruit auction business with two partners. Today they operate right across the globe, with over 1,300 permanent employees and thousands more seasonal staff at harvest times.

But size alone doesn’t put them at the forefront of the produce business worldwide. It is, they say, their commitment to raising the bar across the board: in freshness, in quality, in innovation, in sustainability and in being the best people to deal with for customers, growers and employees alike.

T&G has deep roots across New Zealand and now the globe. We’re proud of the role they play in communities. The T&G Community Programme aims to help bridge the gap between children and nutrition to encourage healthy, mindful eating for generations to come.

They've very kindly donated apples as snacks for our event. Thank you!