2021 Wrapped: End Of Year Newsletter

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President's Note: Lauren Wilks

Meri Kirihimete, Feliz Navidad, Feliz Natal,

This newsletter marks the end of 2021, and what a year it has been! I wish you all a restful break and hope that you enjoy the time off with friends/whānau.

This year saw us launch in Wellington, where we had a beautiful evening at Te Wharewaka and heard from Ricardo Mendez March (NZ’s first Latin American MP), Chris Langley (Ambassador to Brazil) and Nikita Kent (fellow YPN member). We were fortunate to host events with some experts working in the NZ/Latin American space, such as an intimate dialogue with Juliana Pungiluppi Leyva (Colombian Consul-General) and webinars with Justine Arroll (Trade Strategy Manager at Fonterra) and Carla Rey Vasquez (Global Citizenship Manager at Education New Zealand). We also had a series of networking events including language meetups in Auckland and Wellington, an online mixer and boxing classes in Spanish, as well as Cuban and Latin American photo competitions!

We have a full calendar of exciting events in 2022 - so keep your eyes peeled! We’ll have professional development, educational and networking opportunities, and look at growing our presence in Christchurch. I look forward to meeting more of you in 2022 and seeing what we can achieve together.

I’d like to thank the YPN Committee, the LANZBC and Latin American CAPE and our members for their continued support, mahi and engagement this year - we really appreciate it!

If you have any feedback/questions or want to get involved in anyway, please don’t hesitate to reach out ( or

Ngā mihi nui, muchas gracias, muito obrigado,

Lauren and the YPN Committee.

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This entry was posted on 22 Dec 2021