Nuk Korako selects 2016 Youth MP

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Port Hills-based MP Nuk Korako has selected Te Puawai Wilson-Leahy from Cashmere High School as his representative at Youth Parliament 2016.

“The applications I received were of very high quality. It was overwhelming to see how passionate these young people are to represent their communities,” says Nuk Korako.

“All of the applicants would have made excellent Youth MPs, but Ms Wilson-Leahy was particularly strong in her passion to represent young people and her ability to articulate her ideas – important qualities in any Member of Parliament.”

121 Youth MPs, one selected by each Member of Parliament, will go to Parliament on 19 and 20 July 2016, where they will learn about the government decision-making process and share the views of New Zealand youth with the country’s decision makers. They will have the unique opportunity to step into the shoes of an MP for two days while they debate legislation, sit on select committees and ask oral questions of Ministers.

As well as representing her community at Youth Parliament in July, Te Puawai will hold the title of Youth MP from 25 January to 25 July 2016. During this time, she will actively engage with her community to gain an understanding of the ideas and concerns of youth in the Port Hills.

The others who applied will also play an active role in seeking the views of their community. These young people are Amy Chuang, Rosalie Wilkinson and Nola Smart.

“All of these young women showed a great deal of passion, were able to articulate their ideas well, and were eager to represent their communities. They made my decision difficult, but I could only select one to hold the title of Youth MP and attend Youth Parliament in Wellington,” said Mr Korako.

“But I have asked our successful Youth MP, Te Puawai Wilson-Leahy, to involve the other applicants in the process of engaging with the youth of the Port Hills and seeking their views and opinions. I will also be asking Amy, Rosalie and Nola to each join me here in the Port Hills to experience a day in the life of an MP.”

Youth Parliament 2016 is also an opportunity for all young people to have their voice heard in Parliament.  All young people can share their views on the Youth Parliament select committee topics. To find out how, simply contact the Ministry of Youth Development at

Youth Parliament is organised by the Ministry of Youth Development in collaboration with the Office of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Office of the Clerk, the Parliamentary Service and New Zealand’s 121 Members of Parliament.