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New Zealand's brightest young star Hayley Westenra has become a National Ambassador for UNICEF New Zealand.

Hayley's appointment to this prestigious role was announced at the launch of her debut international album 'Pure'.

As a National Ambassador for UNICEF, Hayley will help to raise awareness of child rights and the desperate situation facing many children and families around the world. Through lending her support to UNICEF's fundraising campaigns in New Zealand, it is hoped that more children and communities will benefit from long-term and emergency help in healthcare, education and protection for children in need.

Dennis McKinlay, Executive Director for UNICEF said of the announcement "Hayley is a wonderful role model for youth in New Zealand and through her oustanding musical ability she reaches audiences of all ages and nationalities. We are delighted to welcome Hayley into the UNICEF family, and hope that with Hayley's help we can generate increasing support for our work, and help more children have a better start in life."

Speaking about her new position Hayley said "I feel really honoured to be asked to be an ambassador for UNICEF and I'm very excited about the challenges and experiences that will come with this new role."

16 year old Hayley joins an elite collection of Ambassadors and Special Representatives for UNICEF worldwide, including such famous figures as Sir Edmund Hilary, Robbie Williams, Susan Sarandon, Sir Richard Attenborough, Nicole Kidman and Manchester United.

Hayley Westenra shot to fame when her debut self-titled album went straight in at number one, turned triple platinum and went on to make Hayley the fastest-selling local artist in New Zealand History. Hayley is now signed with Decca Records International in London, who plan to introduce Hayley to the rest of the world during 2003.

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