Applications open for Youth Parliament MP

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Friday, August 21, 2015

Nuk Korako is looking for a talented young person from the Port Hills to represent their community with pride and passion at the 2016 Youth Parliament.

“I am looking for a person who will engage with youth in their community, and take their views and concerns to Parliament. This needs to be someone who is passionate about their communities and wants to make the world a better place.”

What is Youth Parliament

Youth Parliament is a fantastic opportunity for students aged between 16 and 18 years old, with a passion for politics, to get hands on experience of Parliament and its workings.

Youth Parliament replicates the real Parliament as closely as possible. Youth MPs have the opportunity to debate legislation, sit on select committees and ask Parliamentary questions of real Ministers.

The 121 Youth MPs hold their positions for a period from 25 January to 25 July 2016. During their tenure, Youth MPs are expected to actively engage with their community to gain an understanding of the ideas and concerns of youth in the Port Hills.

The Ministry of Youth Development coordinates Youth Parliament and funds the travel and accommodation costs for participants.

Training is provided for Youth MPs ahead of them taking up their roles.

To apply to be a Youth MP

If you are interested in applying to be the Youth MP for Nuk Korako, you need to record a 3-5 minute video answering one of the following topics:

  1. Young people are the leaders of tomorrow, so what could New Zealand do today to better support them?
  2. How do we improve the dynamic and interesting communities of the Port Hills for the young people who live there?
  3. What for you is the biggest issue facing New Zealand in the next 20 years, and how should we address it?

What are the criteria for Youth MPs?

A Youth MP is someone who is passionate about youth issues, politics and social change and is confident engaging with a wide range of people.

Applicants should be:

  • Aged 16-18 on 16 October 2015
  • Active in their community
  • Able to seek the views, opinions and ideas of their peers and represent them at Youth Parliament 2016
  • Able to attend Youth Parliament on 19 and 20 July 2016
  • Able to commit to the Youth MP tenure from 25 January to 25 July 2016
  • Prepared to work within the protocols and behavioural expectations for Youth Parliament 2016

“I am looking for a video that shows creativity, gives a thoughtful answer to your chosen question, and showcases your personality,” says Nuk Korako.

Click here to submit your video.

Your email needs to include your full name, your address, and the name of your school (if applicable).

Applications close on 9 October 2015.

For more information on becoming a Youth MP contact my office on or 03 384 0008.

More information about Youth Parliament 2016 is available at