Hayden Montgomerie was born and raised in Wanganui and moved to Wellington to study at Victoria University where his interest in the United Nations led to him becoming one of the founding members of UN Youth New Zealand. His passion for providing young New Zealanders with the opportunity to be educated about the global community was piqued when he walked into his dream job at the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO where he was Programme Officer for Education, Youth and Human Rights. Seven years later, with plenty of passport stamps, conference lanyards, and acronyms, Hayden took the opportunity to join the Ministry of Youth Development as National Youth Participation Advisor. He is a member of One Percent Collective and hugely involved in many not-for-profit and social enterprise communities.
What’s happening in the world of Hayden Montgomerie?
2013 is the year for a new perspective, the outrospection. I'm discovering who I am and what to do with my life. I'm looking beyond the things I have studied, worked on, and led in the community. It's an exciting time looking around and learning how my skills and experiences can enable and accelerate others to reach their goals, whilst consciously connecting and reconnecting with my own networks.
I'm doing lots of thinking about New Zealand and our place in the world, and how we can build up New Zealanders’ knowledge and skills to ensure as a country we make the most of our relationships with Asia. I am currently planning a month-long trip to China and Taiwan in November and looking forward to understanding more about China, and reconnecting with friends who are already offshore.
Describe the most generous person you know and how they influenced you.
During one of my first trips to Thailand I was fortunate to meet a lady who was the Director of Thailand's first boarding school for girls. In January 2004 I was leading the New Zealand Schools Delegation to The Hague International Model UN (THIMUN) and arranged for the students to visit the Director’s school so we could meet with her students. During the visit the Director enquired about our plans that evening and insisted that she take us to a traditional Thai meal and cultural performance. She insisted, as our host, on meeting the costs for all members of our twenty-person group. Acts of pure kindness such as this have strongly influenced me to give more myself through One Percent Collective, and through my participation in campaigns such as Live Below The Line.
Name an everyday action that makes the world a better place, yet is underrated.
Taking time to walk somewhere rather than driving or taking a bus. I'm a resident of Thorndon in Wellington so it's a very easy walk to work and in the weekends to any part of the city. By walking around you enable connections with your neighbourhood and facilitate everyday conversations with those around you.
Tell us three things that inspire you and why.
The RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce). They have lots of amazing speakers and more than 400 videos are online for everyone to see. For more about the power of Outrospection see this animated video by Roman Krznaric.
Art. Since my childhood I’ve had a passion for art and this has recently re-emerged in my amateur travel photography and in my growing collection of art. Since winning at the Little Lotus charity art auction in 2012 I now have seven pieces of art that both bring happiness and inspiration to my life, but which also support emerging artists to pursue their talents.
Global Citizen. After the inspirational Global Citizen Aotearoa event held at the Auckland Town Hall on 4 August, the Global Citizen Festival comes back to New York for the second time this September. This global movement is driving new donor commitments and building momentum among a generation of global citizens; blending education and support with advocacy and campaigning.
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