Welcome to the Waikato Branch

Waikato Region Branch of the United Nations Association is one of the Association's smaller branches. We have a strong focus on working with secondary school students for speech awards, and Model UN events in the area. If you like in the Waikato area, and haven't yet joined the Waikato branch, why on earth not!!?? Click here for membership details. 

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Waikato News and Reports

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Upcoming Events


Waikato News and Reports


Nisha Winsa Speech Contest

 Familiar setting helps Waikato speech winner head to national final

A home ground advantage paid off for a Hillcrest High School (Hamilton) student, winning her way to a national speech final next month.
Nisha Novell took out this year's United Nations Association of New Zealand Waikato branch annual speech competition, held recently in the school library.
"It was a familiar setting," said the 16 year old year 12 student.
The theme was Human Security in Diverse Communities, with Nisha only learning  about the regional competition 10 days out.
She knew nothing about the topic and found it "immediately off-putting", but put together her award-winning entry in just a couple of hours the night before the event.
After "crafting it" further on the day of the competition, Nisha said she was "pretty happy" with the end result.

Research on the topic led her to information including a report by former Prime Minister and current UN representative Helen Clark and a study by global policy organisation RAND (research and development).
"Human security (safety) is not an idea, it's a goal," said Nisha.
UNANZ Waikato branch president Mano Manoharan said her speech was excellent, particularly given the short preparation time.
Runner-up was Timothy Ng from Hamilton Boys High School.
Nisha Novell will take part in the UNANZ national speech competition in Auckland on May 28.


Waikato report to the National Council, November 2015

Just a short report from Waikato. After the successful MUNA there had been not may activities in the Waikato region. 

Waikato branch was represented in the Citizenship ceremonies for the last two months. Waikato branch was also represented at the 70th Anniversary celebration which was held in the Government House in Wellington.


Office of the Kingitanga invited me for afternoon tea function with HRH THE PRINCE OF WALES & THE DUCHESS OF CORNWALL on 8th November 2015. I represented the Waikato branch and high respect was given to our branch. I was given the Platinum name tag and was with the Platinum corner with Hamilton City Council deputy Mayor, Waipa District Mayor, Waikato District Mayor, Waikato Regional Council Chairperson, Hamilton East MP and Hamilton West MP. 


Mano Manoharan



Waikato 2015 Model UN

Waikato branch organized the Model UN Assembly which was held in the Pricewater Cooper Lecture Theatre Management School, University of Waikato

Photos below!













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Contact Waikato group:


Group leader

Mano Manohoran - [email protected] 

P.O. Box 4118, Hamilton 3247


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