Youth Parliament is coordinated by the Ministry of Youth Development and takes place every three years. The latest one took place on 16 and 17 July 2013.
Members of Parliament select young New Zealanders aged between 16 and 18 to see first hand how our democratic system works. The Youth Members take part in debates in the Chamber of Parliament House, and hold youth select committee meetings.
Canterbury Youth MPs
In the Canterbury region, the 2013 attendees (with the MPs who nominated them in brackets) included:
- Gul Agha Alizadah (Gerry Brownlee – MP for Ilam)
- Kaukiterangi Jahuana Carroll Blair (Rino Tirakatene – MP for Te Tai Tonga)
- Dean Buckley (Mojo Mathers – Green Party list MP)
- Hanna Deal (Ruth Dyson – MP for Port Hills)
- Calum Gray (Amy Adams – MP for Selwyn)
- Andre Knops (David Carter – National list MP and Speaker of the house)
- Holly McNabb (Kate Wilkinson – MP for Waimakariri)
- Emma Moffett (Megan Woods – MP for Wigram)
- Jack Stringer (Nicky Wagner – MP for Christchurch Central)
- Bridget White (Eugenie Sage – Green Party list MP)
- Alex Zorn (Lianne Dalziel – MP for Christchurch East)
The Youth Parliament is also attended by a number of young journalists who report on its activities.
Youth MPs debated a mock bill about electoral reform which proposed:
- reducing the voting age from 18 years to 17 years
- including electronic voting to the methods of voting
- making voting compulsory for all eligible voters
- extending the Term of Parliament from three years to four.
Previous Youth Parliaments
Our reports from the 2007 Youth Parliament: