Join the Youth Par­lia­ment

CHB Mail - - News - ■ Con­tact: Kieran McAnulty 027 217 6338 and kieran.mcanulty@par­lia­ment.govt.nz

Kieran McAnulty, Labour List MP in Wairarapa, is seek­ing ap­pli­ca­tions from in­ter­ested stu­dents from the Wairarapa Elec­torate (Wairarapa, Tararua Dis­trict and Cen­tral Hawke’s Bay) for Youth Par­lia­ment 2019.

In the next Youth Par­lia­ment Youth MPs will par­tic­i­pate in a pro­gramme from 1 March to 31 Au­gust, in­clud­ing at­tend­ing a two-day Youth Par­lia­ment event in Welling­ton on 16 and 17 July.

“This pro­gramme gives young peo­ple the op­por­tu­nity to un­der­stand and be a part of the Par­lia­men­tary process and con­nect with their com­mu­ni­ties. It is a sig­nif­i­cant op­por­tu­nity for a lo­cal stu­dent to join 119 other young New Zealan­ders to gather the views of their peers and bring young peo­ples’ voices to Par­lia­ment. My pri­mary pur­pose in Par­lia­ment is to be a voice for the Cen­tral Hawke’s Bay so I’m re­ally look­ing for some­one who shares my pas­sion for the re­gion.”

Mr McAnulty in­vites in­ter­ested stu­dents to write ex­press­ing their in­ter­est and in­clud­ing an es­say of ap­prox­i­mately 500 words out­lin­ing a po­lit­i­cal or so­cial is­sue they con­sider as be­ing highly im­por­tant within their com­mu­nity, whether that be their school, a group to which they be­long, their town or their elec­torate, and dis­cussing po­ten­tial changes or ini­tia­tives which could be un­der­taken to pos­i­tively ad­vance the is­sue.

The es­says can be sent to his of­fice by email at kieran.mcanulty@par­lia­ment.govt.nz by Fri­day 5 Oc­to­ber. Mr McAnulty’s de­ci­sion will be ad­vised by Fri­day 19 Oc­to­ber. He’s look­ing for a young per­son who is:

■ aged 16 to 18 on 19 Oc­to­ber 2018;

■ ac­tive in their com­mu­nity;

■ able to at­tend Youth Par­lia­ment on 16 and 17 July and com­mit­ted to the Youth MP ten­ure of 1 March to 31 Au­gust 2019. Train­ing will be of­fered at the be­gin­ning of this ten­ure;

■ pas­sion­ate about youth is­sues, pol­i­tics and / or so­cial change;

■ able to seek the views, opin­ions and ideas of their peers and rep­re­sent them at the two-day Youth Par­lia­ment 2019 event;

■ pre­pared to work within the pro­to­cols and be­havioural ex­pec­ta­tions of Youth Par­lia­ment 2019.

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