PR - Taupo MP selects Youth MP

Electorate news
Tuesday, November 10, 2015

MP Louise Upston has announced Javan Rose of Lake Taupo Christian School as the Taupo electorate’s Youth MP at next year’s Youth parliament. 

“It gives me great pleasure to congratulate Javan on his successful appointment and I certainly look forward to working with and mentoring him,” Ms Upston said.

Javan’s success came after impressing the panel of judges that included Petrice Tarrant, Editor of the South Waikato News, local Chartered Accountant Vicki Beker and communication experts Hilary Brown and Betty Bell, with a compelling presentation on his vision for youth in the community.

Javan’s impressive resume includes serving as a student representative at Lake Taupō School and being involved in the Youth in Emergency Services and Leader in You programmes at local government level.

“This year, the quality of applications was yet again outstanding.  I was really impressed with the passion expressed by all of the applicants about youth issues,” Ms Upston said.

“They had some insightful solutions to contribute and I have offered all applicants a role on the Taupo Youth Advisory Board being established to ensure that young people from one end of the electorate to the other have their voices heard.

“Javan’s application stood out because he is clearly a community minded person who has walked the talk.

“An integral part of the role of an MP is representation and Javan not only demonstrated knowledge about the New Zealand parliamentary system, he also provided good examples of using sound process to gauge and represent the views of others when describing his youth project,” Ms Upston said. 

Of his selection, Javan expressed excitement about the opportunity to represent the Taupō electorate as this term’s Youth MP.  

“I’m passionate about youth and issues impacting us. We as youth have so many great ideas that can benefit the present and future generations of youth.   It will be a great experience to represent them and voice their views, ideas and opinions at Youth Parliament,” Javan said.

Javan indicated he is keen to start working with the Youth Advisory Board on a community project to further develop a youth mentoring program for schools and also a youth space.

The 51st Parliament Youth MPs’ term will run from January to July 2016, starting with a training school and culminating in a visit to Wellington to take part in a Youth Parliament on 19 and 20 July 2016.


Media contact: Jess van Haarlem (04) 817 8242.