The forum is sponsored by the United Nations Education scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) to engage youth around the Asia/Pacific region to learn about world heritage, as well as cultural and environmental sustainability issues.
Thirty students from the region are attending the meetings. For the rest of the week the students will visit and study heritage sites throughout Te Waipounamu. They will stay on ancestral marae where they will be hosted by local Ngai Tahu tribal descendents and guided by indigenous conservation experts from the Conservation Department.
UNESCO has asked the students to use these experiences as the basis for a short documentary film that will be presented to delegates of the World Heritage Committee on the opening day.
Before leaving for New Zealand, Ms Antrea said, "We are both looking forward to this trip and we can not wait to share the culture and heritage of Fiji with other participants."
Their presentation will feature some of Fiji's landmarks and natural heritage, including Yadua Taba, the home of the crested iguana, the Sigatoka sand dunes and the Bouma waterfalls, on Taveuni."It is a chance for us to learn about the cultural and natural heritage of the region, and hopefully to be inspired concerning preservation of these aspects and to grow and become future leaders of our country," she said.
Trivia - in early May Ms Antrea won the 10th Fiji Games Open Chess Championships in her category, and was awarded her third gold medal.