Seeking a Youth MP for Selwyn

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Can you see a future for yourself as an MP? Or are you 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.

Selwyn MP Amy Adams is encouraging young people who live in the Selwyn electorate to apply to be a part of Youth Parliament 2016. To apply you need to be 16–18 years of age (inclusive) as at 16 October 2015.

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 and 20 July 2016.

"Youth Parliament is held once every parliamentary term and is a significant opportunity for young New Zealanders to share their views and the views of their peers with the country’s decision-makers," Ms Adams said.

"I want to hear from young people who are willing to get out and engage with other young people in their community to gather their views and represent them in Parliament," Ms Adams said.

Ms Adams will be promoting the opportunity amongst the local secondary schools in Selwyn and each school will be invited to put forward two candidates. Interested applicants who live in Selwyn but do not attend a local high school should contact Amy Adams’ Selwyn electorate office on 03 344 0418 as soon as possible. Applications close on 23rd September.

The final selection of the Youth MP will occur during the evening of Monday 5th October.

"This year two places at the Youth Parliament are available as Speaker of the House Rt Hon David Carter will be joining me in this selection process and will be choosing a young person to be his Youth MP also," Ms Adams said.

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.