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The search is on for capable young persons to represent New Zealand’s youth at Youth Parliament 2019.  MP Louise Upston says she is looking forward to receiving applications from qualifying young people in the Taupo electorate.

“Our Youth MP for Taupo will have the opportunity to be an integral part of the public decision making process of our New Zealand democratic system. 

“Applicants will need to be aged 16-18 as at 19 October 2018 when the selection period closes, and it will be someone that has ability to go out and engage with the youth in the electorate when their tenure starts on 1 March 2019.

“They will then represent their peers’ views at Youth Parliament on 16-17 July 2019,” Ms Upston says.

“Youth Parliament is an exciting experience where Youth MPs will debate legislation, sit on select committees and ask oral questions of Ministers, just like the real thing.

“My selection process this year will include visiting secondary schools and other education institutions and meeting with student leaders and students interested in being involved in the process.

“Applicants will need to provide a brief pitch of about 500 words on a topic of their choice, and will have the opportunity to campaign for people’s votes in an online polling campaign.

“Shortlisted candidates will then have an opportunity to pitch their credentials in an interview and the successful candidate will be announced around mid-November this year.”

Ms Upston further indicated that she will be selecting a Youth Advisory Board from the applicants. 

“This means that, even if you are not successful in being selected the Youth MP, there are still plenty of opportunities to be involved in the electorate and our youth communities through the Youth Advisory Board,” Ms Upston says. 

Anyone meeting the qualifying criteria, including students from outside of the formal schooling system interested in applying, should get in touch by email to connie.giquel@parliament.govt.nz for a formal application form. 

Information about qualifying criteria can be found at www.youthparliament.govt.nz.

Applications close Friday 5 October, with interviews being held between 12 and 16 October.

Youth Parliament is a triannual process held since 1994.  Nominated Youth MPs will hold the title from 1 March to 31 August 2019.

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