Queenstown teen Felix Moutakki has been selected to represent New Zealand at a prestigious international relations conference.
Felix is believed to be the first Wakatipu High student to have been chosen to attend The Hague International Model United Nations convention.
The 17-year-old joins 21 other Kiwi delegates who’ll head to the Netherlands in January, where 4000 teenagers from around the world debate global issues by role-playing as international diplomats.
Through simulated sessions of UN committees, students research a different country and represent those views in discussions, ultimately developing and adopting resolutions to solve world problems.
Felix, who with his fellow Kiwi teammates will represent Switzer-land, will speak at the model General Assembly about the decolonisation of New Caledonia, illicit diamond mining and Somalia.
“A good UN delegate has to be a good public speaker but also you have to be able to have quite a lot of empathy and be able to construct an argument from a different perspective,” Felix says.
In the middle of studying for his NCEA Level 3 exams, Felix says he’s thrilled to be selected for the trip, which includes a two-week educational tour around Europe.
“I think it’s pretty special to be able to represent NZ and the Wakatipu.”
This year Felix has also been coaching younger Wakatipu High students who attended the Model UN Association meeting in Dunedin.
Felix plans to study law and politics at Otago University next year.
“I’m really excited to be able to go to Europe just before uni starts and discuss actual issues,” he says.