Media Statement: Youth MP to represent Taupo youth at Youth Parliament 2016

Electorate news
Thursday, June 30, 2016

On 19 and 20 July 2016, 138 young New Zealanders will be taking over Parliament for two days where they will debate legislation, sit on mock Select Committees, ask questions of Ministers and bring their peer group’s views to Youth Parliament 2016.

"I am excited for Javan Rose, Taupo Youth MP for this momentous opportunity to represent his peers and their views at Youth Parliament," says local MP Louise Upston.

"Javan will also participate in the Justice and Electoral Committee where Youth MPs from across the country will be considering the topic "Should recreational drugs be decriminalised?"," Ms Upston says.

Since commencing his tenure on 25 January, Javan has actively been canvassing fellow students from schools across the electorate to hear their views and opinions on issues that are important to youth in the community.

"I am really encouraged by the passion and eagerness shown by young people in the Taupo electorate to engage on those issues in the lead up to Youth Parliament," Javan said.

Through the establishment of the Youth Advisory Board and an online forum, students have had the opportunity to share their thoughts in a safe and supportive environment.

Ms Upston said she was impressed by the quality of ideas shared at the Youth Advisory Board meeting held in April.

"I look forward to catching up again with Javan and the students at our next  upcoming Youth Advisory Board meeting on 8 July as a follow-up to our meeting in April.

"I am encouraging students in the electorate in Years 11-13 to join us at the meeting which will be held at the South Waikato Sports and Events Centre in Tokoroa.

"This will be another opportunity for students to come together with like-minded young people and ensure their voices and ideas are heard at Youth Parliament," Ms Upston said.

RSVP is essential. You can do this by emailing Upston.sthwaikato@parliament.govt.nz or by calling Isabel in the electorate office on 07 886 5554.

More information on the Youth Advisory Board meeting can be found on the website www.louiseupston.co.nz.

ENDS.

Media contact: Jess van Haarlem Ph: 021 809 393