Milton pupil leads ‘summit’ in Wellington


Bronson Blackbourn will lead the Commonwealth next week when he assumes the role of secretary-general of the National Student Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).

Bronson (17), from Tokomairiro High School, in Milton, was selected to head the national student event based at Parliament in Wellington.

Bronson admitted he was “really excited” and keen to face the big task ahead.

Delegates from high schools around the country will take on the roles of individual heads of state or foreign ministers from Commonwealth member countries for the two-day meeting.

There they will debate everything from climate change to monetary policy as representatives of their chosen governments.

Tokomairiro High School principal Glenis Sim said it was an outstanding result for Bronson and the school was very proud of him.

Bronson will chair all the conference plenary sessions, encourage delegates to form resolutions and present both the opening and closing addresses to delegates and visiting Commonwealth high commissioners.

The national student CHOGM is based on the two-yearly summit meetings attended by all the heads of government from Commonwealth nations.

It is an annual event hosted by Commonwealth Youth New Zealand, which aims to provide opportunities for young New Zealanders to become the next generation of global leaders.