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Can you see a future for yourself as an MP? Or are you are just curious about how Parliament works?  Here is the chance to have your voice heard and to experience first-hand how decisions are made that impact all of New Zealand. 

Nelson MP Nick Smith wants to hear from young people with an eye to the future. “I want those willing to get out and engage with the youth in their community to gather their views and represent them in Parliament. It’s really important that we listen to the voice of youth as they will be more greatly impacted by decisions on the future of our country. It is also a learning opportunity for young people to find out how decisions are made.”

Young people who are aged between 16-19 on October 19 2019 are now invited to apply to take up the title and responsibility of Youth MP for Nelson and to attend Youth Parliament held during Parliament’s recess next year. The successful applicant will join 120 other youth MPs selected to engage with and represent their community from March through to August 2019 – and put their experience to practice at Youth Parliament to be held on 16 -17 July 2019.

“It is a difficult job selecting one young person from the hundreds of capable young people across our five Colleges in my Nelson electorate. Previously I had asked interested candidates to produce a 500 word essay. In this new age of social media I am instead asking candidates to produce a three minute video on why they would make a good MP for Nelson, that they can put up on YouTube or send to me. Applicants need to be aware that these will be put on my public Facebook page.”

Videos need to be in to Nick’s office nick4nelson@parliament.govt.nz by Friday 5 October 2018. More information about Youth Parliament 2019 can be found at the Ministry of Youth Development at beheard@youthparliament.govt.nz

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