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The Y25 programme supports young women doing incredible things. 


What's it all about?

Each year the Y25 List brings together 25 of our rising trailblazers. We are looking for young womxn who are raising their voices, challenging the status quo, and fighting for a fairer Aotearoa. We ask the public to help us by nominating an amazing young woman in their life. Or for those amazing young women to nominate themselves! It's free to enter. Nominations for 2021 closed on April 5th 2021 - list announcement coming in June!

Young wāhine toa living their ‘why’

The Y25 List in 2021 will feature 25 incredible young women, aged 25 years or younger, who are future leaders in their fields. We’re looking for young women who are living their ‘why’. They are doers, makers, shakers, change-makers and community leaders doing incredible things to wake up and change their world. They may have just started out or already be kicking goals, but wherever they are on the journey we want to celebrate them! ‍ We are calling on schools, employers, sports clubs, community groups, parents and friends to consider if they have a Y25 in their midst.

What you will get

Being one of the selected Y25 is not just about being 'on the list' and appearing in the media. Yes it's that, but we want to make sure you feel supported for the year to really thrive and smash those goals you have.

We want to help plug you into other leaders who can help you on your path and, more importantly, connect with other like-minded young women like yourself so you can cheer each other on.

It can be lonely trying to change the world sometimes and together we’re always stronger.

Image of Cloe from Green MP.

The programme involves:

  • Attend the two day Y25 hui to be held in Auckland where you meet each other, and hear from some very inspiring wāhine like Karen Walker, Michele A’Court and Qiane Matata-Sipu.

    You’ll also do a workshop with Olympian hockey player, Brooke Neal, defining what success looks like for you.

  • Pair up with partners who will support you for a year and provide training on personal branding, social media marketing, protecting your IP, finances and anything else you tell us you want to learn about.

  • Access to and support from The Y’s networks throughout the year

  • Hang out with 25 other amazing young womxn so you can dream big together

Videos of Y25 2020

Aotearoa's young Wahine Toa 2020

The diversity of the sectors that these 25 young women represent is amazing - we have environmental activists, STEM champions, community advocates, rainbow warriors, innovative entrepreneurs, and more.

Ngā mihi nui to our Partners