The six-month Youth Parliament 2019 programme provides an opportunity for young people from around Aotearoa New Zealand to actively work and be heard on topics and issues they are passionate about.
Youth MPs will participate in a tenure programme from 1 March to 31 August, including attending a two-day Youth Parliament event in Wellington on 16 and 17 July.
Every Member of Parliament will select a Youth MP to represent their community.
Youth MPs will submit potential topics to be discussed at Youth Parliament, deliver projects, engage with the MP who selected them, connect with their peers to understand their views on topics to be discussed at the two-day Youth Parliament event, and access other opportunities.
At the Youth Parliament event in July 2019, Youth MPs will learn about parliamentary and government decision-making processes through participating in general and mock legislative debates, sitting on Youth Parliament select committees and asking parliamentary questions of Ministers.
All Youth MPs will be provided with training to help them understand their role and to support them to prepare for the two-day Youth Parliament event in Wellington.
Eligibility and selection processes
To be eligible to be a selected as a Youth MP for Youth Parliament 2019, young people need to be aged 16 to 18 years at the close of the participant selection period on 19 October 2018.
Young people interested in becoming a 2019 Youth MP should contact their local electorate or list MP to enquire about the selection process they are using to recruit their Youth MP. To find out who your local MP is and how to contact them, check the list of MPs on the Parliamentary website.