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Press Release – Office of the Clerk

Young people from across New Zealand from Aotearoa will take center stage in the capital as Young Members of Parliament (MPs), members of the Youth Press Gallery and Youth Registrar at the two-day event of the Youth Parliament in Wellington. The Youth Parliament is a…

Young people from across New Zealand from Aotearoa will take center stage in the capital as Young Members of Parliament (MPs), members of the Youth Press Gallery and Youth Registrar at the two-day event of the Youth Parliament in Wellington.

The Youth Parliament is an opportunity for young people across New Zealand from Aotearoa to experience the parliamentary process and learn how government works.

“Since the program began in March, Youth Parliament participants have been actively working in communities around Aotearoa in New Zealand on topics and issues they are passionate about,” said the Speaker of the House of Representatives of New Zealand, Rt Hon Trevor Mallard.

“Young MPs learned about parliamentary processes and focused on issues important to young people. In the meantime, members of the Youth Press Gallery have been reporting on this mahi, and our very first Youth Clerk has learned the inner workings of parliamentary procedure.

Now they will all converge on Wellington to take part in an immersive event from this afternoon to July 20 that replicates the real-life activity of the New Zealand Parliament.

Youth Minister Hon. Priyanca Radhakrishnan said the Youth Parliament event would be an unforgettable experience for the 139 participants.

“Over the next two days, young MPs will take part in mock debates, attend caucus sessions, sit on select committees and pose oral questions to ministers. Our youth clerk will support sittings in the House, and members of the Youth Press Gallery will continue to hone their reporting skills, while learning about the workings of government from the perspective of the Youth Press Gallery. hurry.

“We need to normalize and encourage the voice of young people at the table, and this event is one way to enable that. Our democracy is stronger when young people are involved and heard on the issues that matter to them, to shape the future of Aotearoa”.

House Clerk David Wilson said the triennial event has always helped break down barriers to make Parliament more accessible.

“Parliament works with unique rules that you won’t see anywhere else in New Zealand, and that can make it difficult to understand. The New Zealand Parliament is for everyone, and during their time in the compound, participants have a special opportunity to learn about the workings of Parliament and how they benefit our country, at the heart of our democracy.

After the Youth Parliament event, participants have six weeks to continue working in their communities and complete projects before the 2022 term ends.

“Our Parliament, and our Youth Parliament, must be representative of the diverse communities of Aotearoa and it has been encouraging to hear the unique perspectives, issues and experiences of our diverse group of young people representing different communities,” said said the Honorable Priyanca Radhakrishnan.

“I’ve seen them work hard in their constituencies and communities, and I know this is just the beginning for these rising stars. They are already leaders in many ways and I am very optimistic for the future of Aotearoa New Zealand.

To keep up to date with everything happening during the two-day Youth Parliament 2022 event, follow #NZYP22 on Twitter, use #NZYouthParliament and check out the Youth Parliament Facebook page.

Notes for Editors

The Youth Parliament is operated in partnership by the Office of the Clerk of the House of Representatives and the Ministry of Youth Development – Te Manatū Whakahiato Taiohi.

The Youth Parliament is a non-partisan process first held in 1994 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the lowering of the voting age to 18.

The mandate of the Youth Parliament 2022 runs from March 1 to August 31, 2022.

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