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Cairns High student, one of 16 Australians, takes part in the United Nations Aotearoa Leadership Tour

Christina Lee is an International Baccalaureate student at Cairns State High School and she believes that dreams can come true.   

During the recent school holidays Christina travelled with 15 other exceptional Australian students to New Zealand to take part in the United Nations Youth Aotearoa Leadership Tour. Christina submitted a written application and underwent an interview discussing her passion for human rights to achieve her place. 

Christina recognises the honour of being selected.  “Since starting my journey at Cairns High, I have received many opportunities that have shaped me in to the person I am today, and I am very grateful for this experience”, expressed Christina. 

Aotearoa Leadership Tour is one of United Nations Youth’s flagship programs. The selected students toured around Auckland, Wellington and Melbourne from 28 June to 12 July 2015. During these two weeks, the group met with Māori community leaders and policy-makers and developed an awareness and respect for the issues that Indigenous peoples face at home and abroad. They also visited renowned places, such as Waiheke Island, Parliament House in Wellington and attended a hearing of the Magistrate's Court back in Melbourne. 

Before departing New Zealand the group attended the 2015 New Zealand Model United Nations Conference where they drafted, debated and discussed solutions to some of the world’s most pressing issues. Heavily weighted topics such as corruption, irregular warfare and biological weapons were brought to the table and deliberated. Christina, as the honourable delegate for Timor-Leste, had the privilege of giving a speech to a crowd full of like-minded youth. 

Christina’s passion for human rights has grown and due to this adventure she feels ready to devote her life to taking action to create change. “These experiences definitely allowed me to reaffirm that one day I'd love to become an international human rights lawyer, and I believe that I am now another step closer to it. I am determined and inspired to embark on my journey. A journey of putting everything I have, into anything I can, to change this world into a happier, healthier and better place”, commented Christina. 

Christina wishes to thank her sponsors; Lions Club of Cairns and Mr Warren Entsch.

ABC Far North Queensland radio published story after interviewing Christina on 03 August 2015​