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Blog | Veisinia Maka and Cole Peters

Veisinia (left) is of Tongan descent and hails from the villages of Folaha and Longoteme. She was raised in the hearty suburbs of Mangere and Panmure. Veisinia is a dedicated advocate for increased youth inclusiveness concerning the development of communities, systems, and processes. She is an undergraduate University of Auckland student studying a Bachelor Arts and Law, majoring in Sociology. Veisinia is currently a SkyCity Trustee, Assessor for Creative New Zealand and previously the Chairperson of Auckland Council’s Youth Advisory Panel, Chairperson of the Tāmaki Youth Council and a Kiwibank Local Hero. She is also on the YouthLaw Board. In her spare time, she dedicates her time to writing a blog called, ‘Brown Privilege’ in the hopes to share her lessons and learnings within institution through the eyes of a young Pasifika woman. She believes that storytelling can change the world and encourages young people to influence change by sharing the one thing that no one can take away from you – your experiences.

Cole (right) became a Law Clerk in 2022 after starting with YouthLaw as a volunteer. During his time as a volunteer, he developed a real passion for YouthLaw’s mahi. Cole first gained an interest in working with youth when he worked in primary schools at an after-school care programme. He feels honoured to be able to keep making a positive difference in the lives of youth through his role at YouthLaw. In his spare time, Cole enjoys coaching at his local judo club, binging Marvel movies, and gaming with his mates.

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