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Carina Esguerra
Future Leaders Programme Manager
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Carina previously worked as Māori Pasifika Outreach Coordinator at Victoria University of Wellington, working in low-decile Wellington secondary schools. She’s also involved with many groups that work in the fields of art, community engagement and cross-cultural understanding.

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Guy Ryan
CEO of Inspiring Stories
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Guy is the CEO and founder of Inspiring Stories, and the instigator it’s programmes including Festival for the Future and Live the Dream. He was awarded Young New Zealander of the Year in 2015, and delivered presentations to more than 25,000 people internationally and at home.

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Jo Bailey
Operations Manager
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Jo is secretly a ninja, providing ninja-like support across the team and our programmes at Inspiring Stories – from team and culture to people power, operations and logistics. She’s also run at least 9 full marathons!

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Thomas Maharaj
Business Development Manager
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Formerly a Youth MP and a background in sales and recruitment, Thomas is the Business Development Manager for Inspiring Stories. He’s passionate about building strong partnerships and relationships, purpose-driven entrepreneurship, and backing young New Zealanders.


Abi Symes
Local Champion & Coach
Palmerston North

Abi is super passionate about working with young people, making change and bringing the community together. She’s also super excited to be a coach for this years Future Leader programme, and knows it’s gonna be awesome!



Peter Boyd
Local Champion & Coach

Peter is passionate about creating environments that nurture, inspire and motivate people to make a difference. Believing in continuous learning and the value young people bring to the table, he uses initiative to get projects moving.



Harko Brown
Local Champion & Coach
Far North

Harko is a renowned educator, author and youth leadership entrepreneur from the Bay of Islands, Northland. Over the years he has lead in the revitalisation of cultural education initiatives and innovative youth projects, here and abroad, that promote peace, conservation and community resilience.


JJ Rika
Local Champion & Coach
Eastern Bay of Plenty

John James (JJ) Rika is the new face at Kawerau District Council, taking over the role as Youth Projects Officer. He has a passion to work with Rangatahi and looks forward to the excitement and challenges that youth projects have to offer.




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