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Youth Panel

Introducing the Spirit Youth Panel

We're excited to announce that the panel has held their inaugural meeting. Thank you to everyone who applied; all the applications were very high quality and made deciding who to bring onboard very difficult.

The Spirit Youth Panel is a group of diverse young people passionate about bringing the incredible experience of a Spirit voyage to as many young people as possible while ensuring that voyages are environmentally responsible, inclusive and effective. If you have any ideas for the Panel to consider, please email

Introducing our YEP Chair and Deputy Chair

YEP chair.jpeg Shelley Addison - YEP Chair

As a previous trainee with voyage 607, Shelley is now a young professional, working for Beca on community shaping projects. Shelley is passionate about youth advocacy and providing opportunities for young people.

Jannik Wittgen - Deputy Chair

Jannik is a past trainee and current volunteer crew member that studies engineering at the University of Auckland. He is passionate about working to allow more young Kiwis to experience a voyage and ensuring the programme remains relevant, now and in the future.

Youth Panel Members

Sankhya Pandey
Sankhya strongly believes in fostering environments where our diverse rangatahi feel included and accepted while providing them the space they need to grow. They have participated in the Schools Pride Week Youth Advisory Group, is UN Youth High School Ambassador for their school and participates in extracurricular activities including a group they created to encourage participation in projects that seek to benefit the community. They are strongly passionate about BIPOC, LGBTQIA+ and disability rights and are thrilled to contribute to the Spirit Youth Panel.

Phoebe Whittam
Phoebe is a volunteer crew member in her first year of studying geography at the University of Otago. She is excited to work with the panel on improving opportunities for young New Zealanders and to give back to the Spirit community.

Alice Reade
Alice grew up just out of Whakatū, Nelson and is currently an architecture student passionate about strengthening communities and sustainability issues. She joined the Spirit whānau as a V698 trainee and returns as a volunteer crew member any chance she gets. Alice is passionate about empowering youth and allowing more kiwis to experience this through the Spirit journey.

Eliza McCraken
Eliza is a current student at the University of Canterbury, majoring in Geology and Geography. Having done several voyages as a trainee and volunteer crew, she is enthusiastic about creating more opportunities for youth development within the trust.

Lucas Hutton
Lucas was a trainee on voyage #769 back in 2018, and is super excited to be back in the environment and can’t wait to see what the panel can achieve. He is a 2nd Year Student at the University of Waikato, studying a Bachelor of Social Science majoring in Psychology and Strategic Management whilst also working in Student Village as a Residential Assistant.

Tessa Campbell
Tessa is a Youth Worker from Hawkes Bay who found her passion for youth development while sailing onboard Te Waka Hiringa Tangata o Aotearoa as a Trainee, having now been a crew member for 4 years in various positions (Leading Hand, Watch Assistant, Cadet, Spirit Champion). She is now working as a coordinator/facilitator of a healthy relationships programme in high schools. Tessa is really excited to try and get as many of Aotearoa’s rangatahi onboard as possible

Abby Draper
Currently Abby is in her last year of high school at Wellington Girls college and plans on attending Otago University in 2022 to study health science. Abby recently, over new years 2021, was onboard voyage 811 as a past trainee, and from there stemmed her desire to become further involved with the Spirit of New Zealand Trust and influence others, hence joining the panel. She also has plans to return to the ship to become a leading hand in the near future!

Andre’a Maro

Cassie Smith

Beth Humphrey

Youth Engagement Terms of Reference (pdf)
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