Pallas Retimana is on a mission to change the hearts and minds of the nation.
On a recent trip to her hometown, Christchurch, the high school student delivered messages of love and support to the survivors of the recent terrorist attacks.
During Harmony Week, Pallas set up a stall for students and teachers to write messages of support.
The young philanthropist was overwhelmed with the response of her peers at St John the Evangelist Catholic High School.
"I had hundreds of messages to take over," Pallas said.
On April 14 Pallas visited the Al Noor Mosque in Christchurch, the site of the first shooting, armed with messages of support and solidarity.
The activist wore a head scarf to show respect as she met survivors.
The kindness of a man, Farid Ahmed, who lost his wife in the shooting stayed with Pallas.
"[Mr Ahmed] read every single message and said they gave him hope," Pallas said.
Mr Ahmed gave Pallas some words of wisdom. He said we are all human and we all want peace. We are all one family, regardless of faith, religion, culture and language.
"I was embraced by the community in the mosque," said Pallas.
"They were such humble people."
The experience gave Pallas insight into a often misunderstood religion.
"I think in today's society there is a misconception about the Muslim faith," Pallas said.
"Young people have realised we need to make changes.
"Irrational fear and ignorance has lead to Islamophobia and I want people to understand it is a religion of love not hate."