Calling young debaters to be Parliamentarians

Encouraging more 'cool kids from the East Coast' to get involved in Parliament

Encouraging more 'cool kids from the East Coast' to get involved in Parliament

HAVE I SOLD IT TO YOU? Labour List MP Kiri Allan spoke to students at Campion College last week about getting involved in politics. If you care about your community, are aged between 16-18 next year and want to make a difference, apply to become a youth parliamentarian in 2019. Post videos of no longer than two minutes to Ms Allan’s Facebook page to take her seat. If you would like to be National MP Anne Tolley, apply in writing to 5 Gladstone Road, Gisborne. Picture by Rebecca Grunwell

Youth Parliamentarians largely come from the Auckland region but Labour List MP Kiri Allan wants to change that.

She believes East Coast students offer a unique view, and way of being, about issues that affect their generation.

So students who are passionate about their community, love to debate and are aged between 16 and 18 next year, read on.

Entries are open for East Coast students to become a Youth Parliamentarian for 2019 to either take the place of Ms Allan or National MP Anne Tolley for two days in July.

They will be part of a group of 125 students from around the country who will mimic real life scenarios of being split into committees, and debating laws that affect our country.

Ms Allan got out and about last week to promote the opportunity. She wanted to encourage more “cool kids from the East Coast” to get involved in Parliament.

The only criteria was you had to be passionate about your community, aged between 16 and 18 next year, enrolled in a school in the East Coast electorate and videos could be no longer than two minutes.

Ms Allan said she wanted the videos to show the guts of who the students were, what made them pump and why you wanted to make a contribution to represent this region.

If politics was not your thing, students could also apply to be a part of the media gallery.

Those selected would essentially “take the place” of a politician for two days in July. They would debate issues important to their generation at the Beehive in Wellington, with all costs for the trip covered.

Videos have to be in by October 7. Ms Allan will decide on October 19 who will represent her at the Youth Parliament caucus from March to August, which includes the two-day day sitting in Parliament in July.

“Send me a video of up to two minutes to my Facebook page (Kiri Allan – Labour MP: @KiriAllanLabourMP).”

Those who wish to represent National MP Anne Tolley should apply in writing to PO Box 106, Gisborne or e-mail anne.tolley@parliament.govt.nz.

Ms Allan told Campion College students they had a good name as a school in Wellington, where they were known for producing incredible young talent.

Her intern was an “incredible young woman”, former Campion College student, Samantha Wood, who is studying law at Victoria University.

Youth Parliamentarians largely come from the Auckland region but Labour List MP Kiri Allan wants to change that.

She believes East Coast students offer a unique view, and way of being, about issues that affect their generation.

So students who are passionate about their community, love to debate and are aged between 16 and 18 next year, read on.

Entries are open for East Coast students to become a Youth Parliamentarian for 2019 to either take the place of Ms Allan or National MP Anne Tolley for two days in July.

They will be part of a group of 125 students from around the country who will mimic real life scenarios of being split into committees, and debating laws that affect our country.

Ms Allan got out and about last week to promote the opportunity. She wanted to encourage more “cool kids from the East Coast” to get involved in Parliament.

The only criteria was you had to be passionate about your community, aged between 16 and 18 next year, enrolled in a school in the East Coast electorate and videos could be no longer than two minutes.

Ms Allan said she wanted the videos to show the guts of who the students were, what made them pump and why you wanted to make a contribution to represent this region.

If politics was not your thing, students could also apply to be a part of the media gallery.

Those selected would essentially “take the place” of a politician for two days in July. They would debate issues important to their generation at the Beehive in Wellington, with all costs for the trip covered.

Videos have to be in by October 7. Ms Allan will decide on October 19 who will represent her at the Youth Parliament caucus from March to August, which includes the two-day day sitting in Parliament in July.

“Send me a video of up to two minutes to my Facebook page (Kiri Allan – Labour MP: @KiriAllanLabourMP).”

Those who wish to represent National MP Anne Tolley should apply in writing to PO Box 106, Gisborne or e-mail anne.tolley@parliament.govt.nz.

Ms Allan told Campion College students they had a good name as a school in Wellington, where they were known for producing incredible young talent.

Her intern was an “incredible young woman”, former Campion College student, Samantha Wood, who is studying law at Victoria University.

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