The United Nations Association is a national organisation made up of volunteers and members across the country. Membership is separated into regional branches, which organise and run local events, seminars, and projects.
If you are looking to become involved in UNA NZ, or volunteer your time, regional branches are an excellent place to start. Members under the age of 25 have the option of joining our Youth Association. Visit the Membership page for more information about joining. Our branches span from the Northern Region, Tauranga, Waikato (group), Whanganui, Wellington and Canterbury.
If you want to find out more about recent and upcoming Branch activities, please read the latest branch report submitted to the National Council, and browse our news and events page.
The Northern Region Branch spans the Auckland Suburbs, and is one of UNA New Zealand's larger branches.
|Branch President||Karen Creagh||[email protected]|
|Vice President||Natalie Harbott||[email protected]|
|Treasurer||Steven Arnold||[email protected]|
Waikato Region is one of the Association's groups. We have a strong focus on working with secondary school students for speech awards, and Model UN events in the area.
The Tauranga Region Branch is extremely active, with a strong leadership and support base.
|Branch President||Gray Southon||[email protected]|
|Vice President||Doug Barnes|
Whanganui Branch of the United Nations Association is an active branch that loves to get involved in community events - especially those that promote peace.
|Branch President||Kate Smith||[email protected]|
The Manawatu branch was established in late 2020. It has a youthful membership with a focus on the SDGs and connecting the region to the world.
|Branch President||Monique Corson||[email protected]|
|Vice President||Olivia Mayo|
Wellington Branch is one of the biggest branches. We have a real advantage, being located in the political, and international relations hub of New Zealand, meaning we have access to a whole pool of amazing guest speakers.
|Branch President||Waji Adhihetty||[email protected]|
|Immediate Past President||Julia Cerqueria Melo|
Until 2022 the Canterbury branch was our only branch in the south island. It undertakes a range of activities especially in education.
|President||Pauline McKay||[email protected]|
|Vice President||Lynnette Hardie Willis|
|Immediate Past President||Lynette Hardie-Willis|
The Otago Region branch was constituted in April 2022 and brings a new presence to the south island.
|President||Perry Reid||[email protected]|
|General committee members||
|Youth member||Ben Thoresen|
UN Youth New Zealand is the youth arm of the UN Association of New Zealand.
Established in 1999, UN Youth aims to inspire global citizens through its Model UN and educational programmes. Young people are educated about the processes and values of the UN while also engaging with like-minded peers and learning to express themselves. With regions in Auckland, Wellington, Canterbury and Otago, around 1000 high school and university students will participate in a UN Youth event each year.
UN Youth membership is free for students, teachers and young people under the age of 25 or studying full-time at university. Please visit the UN Youth website, join their facebook group and register online for free membership.