SWY29 Press Release – 07/08/2016

Sunday 7th August 2016
PRESS RELEASE: SWYNZAA (Ship for World Youth New Zealand Alumni Association)



The Ship for World Youth (SWY) sets sail again in January 2017, with 12 youth from NZ joining 10 other countries including Kenya, Ukraine, Egypt, Brazil and Canada selected to represent their nation on the global stage.

Also known as the Global Young Leaders Development programme, SWY is coordinated and hosted by the Japanese Cabinet Office.

Since its establishment in 1987, the programme has helped nourish generations of world changemakers, including former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark.

The SWY New Zealand Alumni Association is currently seeking applications from youth aged 18-30 to form the New Zealand Delegation of 2017 on the 29th programme.


Applications close this week at 5pm on 12 August 2016.


The aim of the conference is to help aspiring leaders build cross-cultural, leadership, and project management skills via an intensive six week programme in Japan, at sea aboard the Nippon Maru, and at international ports of call.  The most recent SWY programme (SWY28) sailed from Yokohama to Chennai (India), and Colombo (Sri Lanka) before returning to Japan.  While in these ports of call, delegates were able to make institutional visits, debate local and national issues diplomatically and experience diverse new cultures.


SWY29 is will depart Japan on a course that will bring it to Auckland on the 12th of February 2017, and Suva, Fiji on the 17th.  

Past Aotearoa participants and delegations have organised community, national, and international events to promote their new learned skills such as blood donations and beach clean ups. One such New Zealand campaign is “OWD Socks” (Opportunities Without Discrimination), launched this year by SWY27 delegate Arish Naresh to foster change in socio-cultural barriers that continue to exist in our society.  

Participants of the SWY programme return speaking of a life changing opportunity. 2016 New Zealand delegate Brandon Jackson, a social worker in Auckland states “None of us returned home the same. I met friends who quickly became family. About 230 of them!”

Horowhenua based Assistant National Leader of 2016 for New Zealand Garreth Stevens commented on the significance of the programme to young kiwis. “New Zealand benefits from such a good reputation internationally. Not only are we extremely privileged to have been selected by the Japanese Government to send a delegation again next year, but they have chosen New Zealand as a port of call. Our next generation of budding leaders is about to embark on a truly catalytic experience like no other as they step up as international representatives of Aotearoa.”


Prospective applicants have just a few days left to apply online at www.swynz.org.nz




Media contact:

Anna Hoek-Sims

Co-chair, SWY NZ Association Inc