Local MP looking for young person to represent Tamaki in Wellington

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Can you see a future for yourself as an MP? Or are you are just curious about how Parliament works?  Here is your chance to have your voice heard and to experience first-hand how decisions are made that impact all of New Zealand. 

Young people from Tamaki are now invited to apply to take up the title and responsibility of Youth MP for Tamaki and to attend Youth Parliament held in July during Parliament’s recess next year. If successful, you will join 121 other youth MPs selected to engage with and represent their community from January 2016 – and put your experience to practice at Youth Parliament to be held on 19-20 July 2016.

The selection process involves an essay contest, asking what is one thing that could be done to get more young people involved in politics.

“I want to hear from young people who are willing to get out and engage with the youth in their community to gather their views and represent them in Parliament” says Mr O’Connor.

Youth Parliament 2016 is a one-in-three year opportunity for young New Zealanders to share their views and the views of their peers with the country’s decision-makers.  It gives young people the opportunity to understand and participate in Parliament and the decision-making process. 

Nominated Youth MPs will hold the title from 25 January to 25 July 2016. They are expected to engage with their community during this time, so all New Zealand youth have the opportunity to have their voice heard. 

The successful candidate will be announced on October 9th 2015.

Anyone interested in becoming the Youth MP should contact the Tamaki electorate office for more info by email: mp.tamaki@parliament.govt.nz or phone 09 575 9842. www.youthparliament.govt.nz