Amy Adams and David Carter team up to select Youth MPs

Selwyn news
Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Two local young people have been selected to represent the youth of Selwyn at Youth Parliament in July next year.

Selwyn MP Amy Adams has named Tim Marshall of Broadfield as her Youth MP for 2016, while Speaker of the House Rt Hon David Carter, who himself lives in the Selwyn electorate, has chosen Lexi Sutherland of Kirwee as the Youth Speaker of the House.

Tim attends St Thomas of Canterbury College while Lexi is a student at Darfield High School.

They were chosen from among six finalists by a panel including Ms Adams, Mr Carter and Rolleston-based Police Sergeant Dan Harker. The finalists had to give a five-minute presentation on local and national issues and then answer a question from each member of the judging panel.

Ms Adams praised all of the finalists for having the courage to put themselves forward and present their opinions to the panel.

“I was very impressed with all of the finalists and would have been proud to have any one of them as my representative,” Ms Adams said.

Mr Carter stated that he was also impressed by how well each finalist had delivered their presentation.

“I have been involved in the selection of eight Youth MPs now during my time in Parliament, and the calibre of applicants just keeps improving,” Mr Carter said.

Tim Marshall and Lexi Sutherland will each hold the title of Youth MP from 25 January to 25 July 2016. They are expected to engage with the youth community in Selwyn during this time so that they can represent them effectively at the Youth Parliament in July.