Tuk­i­tuki’s Youth MP se­lected

Hawke's Bay Today - - Local News - An­drew Ash­ton

The Tuk­i­tuki elec­torate has a new Youth MP who will bring the re­gion’s most press­ing youth needs to a na­tional at­ten­tion from the heart of Par­lia­ment.

Sit­ting Tuk­i­tuki MP, Na­tional’s Lawrence Yule, con­firmed Lind­is­farne Col­lege stu­dent James Cowan would be the elec­torate’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive.

As part of the Youth MP pro­gramme, the Year 12 pupil will next year at­tend a two-day Par­lia­ment in Welling­ton as a Youth MP for the elec­torate to de­bate is­sues that youth can­di­dates have se­lected.

Be­fore that, the 17 year old would be shad­ow­ing MP Lawrence Yule to see what was in­volved in rep­re­sent­ing the elec­torate — in- clud­ing meet­ing Na­tional Party leader Si­mon Bridges at next week’s Hawke’s Bay Show.

He said he was “ex­cited” about tak­ing up the Youth MP role.

While he was rep­re­sent­ing Tuk­i­tuki, he was not rep­re­sent­ing any po­lit­i­cal party, he said.

“I’m def­i­nitely in­ter­ested in pol­i­tics. It’s a cool thing to not only rep­re­sent peo­ple’s per­spec­tives but to chal­lenge your own.

“I think ev­ery party brings some­thing to the ta­ble that’s im­por­tant. I’m not nec­es­sar­ily close to any party in par­tic­u­lar be­cause I think it’s im­por­tant, es­pe­cially with MMP in pol­i­tics, that there are so many per­spec­tives that need to be rep­re­sented.”

Tuk­i­tuki MP Lawrence Yule said James was given the role af­ter im­press­ing in the in­ter­view process.

Ev­ery Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment se­lects a Youth MP to rep­re­sent their com­mu­nity.

Napier MP Stu­art Nash said he had not yet se­lected a Napier rep­re­sen­ta­tive.

PHOTO / DUN­CAN BROWN

Youth MP James Cowan in the po­lit­i­cal driv­ing seat with Tuk­i­tuki MP Lawrence Yule.

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