Singer Hayley Westenra has been appointed a national ambassador for child rights organisation Unicef New Zealand.
The 16-year-old would help raise awareness of child health, education, equality and protection by supporting fundraising campaigns, Unicef NZ executive director Dennis McKinlay said yesterday.
"Hayley is a wonderful role model for youth in New Zealand and through her outstanding musical ability she reaches audiences of all ages and nationalities.
"We hope that with Hayley's help we can generate increasing support for our work and help more children have a better start in life."
Westenra has just released a new album called Pure.
"I am very excited about the challenges and experiences that will come with this new role," she said.
Other ambassadors for Unicef include Sir Edmund Hillary, British actor and film director Sir Richard Attenborough and the Manchester United football team.