NYLD (National Young Leaders Day) May 25th May 2017

Fifty Year six and some Year five learners from Habitat 6 headed off to the Vodafone Events Centre in Manukau for the day to participate in the annual NYLD.  Hundreds of learners from other primary schools throughout Auckland also participated in the event including our Year 5 and 6 learners from Habitat five.  The theme for this years NYLD was ‘I am a seed born of greatness’ which was unpacked throughout the day by the numerous guest speakers who shared how they grew their seed.  Intertwined throughout the different talks were a number of Maori proverbs such as Ngaro (not letting others opinions affect the way you see yourself), kakano (within everyone is the potential to make the world a better place) and ruia (creating and being in a great environment is how we grow).  

Learners listened to speakers such as Daniel Flynn, creator of ‘thankyou’ water and products who discussed how he came up with his idea and went about making it happen.  ‘thankyou’ products are now sold throughout Australia with 100% profits going to villages in underdeveloped countries to provide basic clean drinking water.  Another highlight was listening to Adam Gard’ner and Duane Major who initiated the very successful Give-A-Little campaign last summer for New Zealanders to buy a beach.  The day was topped off with an amazing performance for the New Zealand band ‘nomad’ who performed two songs, including their latest international hit ‘Oh my my’.  The day was enjoyed by all the learners ….

I really enjoyed how they (the presenters) explained what they did and told us that it was a group effort to make things happen” Sonny.

I really liked it how they put games in the middle of it to entertain us and I really liked how they had a DJ at morning tea and at lunch for something to listen to” Azure.