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Shahin Najak

Special Advisor Youth

Shahin is a student at the University of Auckland, currently studying a conjoint degree of science and commerce. In science, she is pursuing a double major in biological sciences and environmental science. Her major in commerce is economics.

Shahin became a UNESCO Aotearoa Youth Leader in 2019 and has since represented the National Commission at various engagements, both nationally and internationally, including the UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (MGIEP) #KindnessMatters Launch in New Delhi. She also co-Emceed the National Race Unity Hui in 2021. Shahin has taken on a wide range of leadership positions, beginning with the Sir Peter Blake Trust in 2015 as a young enviro-leader.

In 2016 she travelled to the Auckland Islands in the Sub Antarctic with the Sir Peter Blake Trust and the Royal New Zealand Navy, working with a team of scientists to conduct fundamental research for Blake Station. She was one of only 14 young adults to be chosen to complete this expedition and the youngest at the age of 16.

Since then she has been working closely with Auckland Council to improve the Auckland region, focusing on New Zealand Mistletoe restoration and numerous beach clean ups at Manakau Domain. Shahin is a Shia Imami Ismaili Muslim and has helped to coordinate outreach events throughout Auckland to give back to the community through key areas of development. She also volunteers regularly with Auckland City mission.

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