Youth MP Applications open now!

Friday, August 28, 2015

Can you see a future for yourself as an MP? Or are you are just curious about how Parliament works?  Here is your chance to have your voice heard and to experience first-hand how decisions are made that impact all of New Zealand.  
Young people are now invited to apply to take up the title, and responsibility of Youth MP for New Plymouth and to attend Youth Parliament held in July during Parliament’s recess next year.
If successful, you will join 121 other youth MPs selected to engage with and represent their community from January 2016 – and put your experience to practice at Youth Parliament to be held on 19-20 July 2016.
The selection process will include either the option of a 500 word essay or a 3 minute video, then those shortlisted will present a 5 minute speech to a selection panel made up of local business and community leaders.  Nominations open on International Youth Day 12 August 2015.
“I want to hear from young people who are willing to get out and engage with the youth in their community to gather their views and represent them in Parliament” says Jonathan Young.
Youth Parliament 2016 is a one-in-three year opportunity for young New Zealanders to share their views and the views of their peers with the country’s decision-makers.
Youth Parliament gives young people the opportunity to understand and participate in Parliament and the decision-making process.  
Nominated Youth MPs will hold the title from 25 January to 25 July 2016. They are expected to engage with their community during this time, so all New Zealand youth have the opportunity to have their voice heard.  
Anyone interested in becoming a Youth MP should contact the New Plymouth Electorate office at or contact the Ministry of Youth Development at