FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Commonwealth Youth New Zealand Executive Director Aaron Hape has today announced the appointment of Sir Anand Satyanand as Patron of Commonwealth Youth New Zealand.
“Sir Anand has a deep knowledge of the workings of the Commonwealth and has a genuine appreciation of the diverse groups and communities that make New Zealand and the Commonwealth vibrant and inclusive,” said Mr Hape.
“As the former Chair of the Commonwealth Foundation, Sir Anand will bring many personal strengths with him to the role of Patron. Throughout his extensive career in the law and as New Zealand’s Governor-General, Sir Anand has reinforced his support of the Commonwealth and its values. I thank Sir Anand for his eagerness to accept my invitation to become CYNZ's Patron.”
Sir Anand is a former lawyer, judge and ombudsman. He was New Zealand’s 19th Governor-General between 2006 and 2011, and was Chair of the Commonwealth Foundation between 2013 and 2016.
He has taken a close and supportive interest in CYNZ in its first three years of operation and was the keynote speaker at CYNZ's foundation meeting in 2014.
Sir Anand has been appointed for a term of three years.