Here's what Ripeka had to say about being selected for the role:
"My keen interest in child rights has found a voice in the youth initiatives I participate in. It is so important for young people to be aware of the issues facing children in New Zealand today. I look forward to working with other youth and being part of the driving force for change within our communities."
Congratulations, Ripeka! We look forward to hearing more about your ambassadorship as the year goes on.