Youth Parliament 2019

The Youth Parliament 2019 programme will occur from 01 March to 31 August 2019, with 120 Youth MPs and up to 20 Youth Press Gallery members attending the two-day Youth Parliament event in Wellington on 16 and 17 July 2019. The six-month Youth Parliament 2019 programme provides an opportunity for young people from around Aotearoa New Zealand to actively work and be heard on topics and issues they are passionate about. More information on the Youth Parliament 2019 programme can be found in the Role of Youth MPs and Role of Youth Press Gallery Members information below.

Participant Selection

The participant selection period for Youth Parliament 2019 is now closed.

Youth Members of Parliament (Youth MPs) have been selected by Members of Parliament, and Youth Press Gallery Members are being selected by the Parliamentary Press Gallery. Both will begin their tenure in March 2019.

A full list of 2019 Youth MPs and Youth Press Gallery members will be released as soon as possible.

Role of Youth MPs

Each Member of Parliament (MP) has selected a Youth MP to represent them and young people from their community.

Youth MPs will submit potential topics to be discussed at Youth Parliament, deliver projects, engage with the MP who selected them, connect with their peers to understand their views on topics to be discussed at the two-day Youth Parliament event, and access other opportunities.

At the Youth Parliament event in July 2019, Youth MPs will learn about parliamentary and government decision-making processes through participating in general and mock legislative debates, sitting on Youth Parliament select committees, and asking parliamentary questions of Ministers.

All Youth MPs will be provided with training at the beginning of the six-month programme and in May 2019. This will help them to understand their role and support them to prepare for the two-day Youth Parliament event in Wellington.

Eligibility to be a 2019 Youth MP

Young people eligible to be selected as Youth MPs for Youth Parliament 2019 were aged 16 to 18 years at the close of the participant selection period on 19 October 2018.

Role of Youth Press Gallery Members

The Youth Press Gallery replicates an important part of our democratic process, taking the role of independent media reporting on Youth MPs and Youth Parliament.

The Parliamentary Press Gallery is selecting up to 20 Youth Press Gallery members, who will profile and report on Youth MPs and their activities during their tenure, including reporting on the two-day Youth Parliament event.

Articles and other content created by Youth Press Gallery members help to gain media coverage for Youth Parliament and build interest among young people around what happens at Parliament.

The opportunity to be part of the Youth Press Gallery provides a unique developmental opportunity for young people who aspire to become journalists or who are interested in the workings of Government from the perspective of the Press Gallery.

Youth Press Gallery members will be provided with training at the beginning of the six-month programme and in May 2019 to inform them about Youth Parliament and prepare them for their role.

Eligibility for the 2019 Youth Press Gallery

Young people eligible to be selected as Youth Press Gallery members for Youth Parliament 2019 were aged 16 to 24 years at the close of the participant selection period on 19 October 2018.

Tenure

Tenure has been a part of Youth Parliament since 2010 to ensure Youth MPs have the opportunity to engage with their communities, and for the Youth Press Gallery to be able to profile Youth MPs and their activities. For Youth Parliament 2019, participants’ tenure, also known as the six-month Youth Parliament programme, will run from 1 March to 31 August, with the two-day Youth Parliament event occurring on 16 and 17 July. Youth MPs will be encouraged to canvas the opinions of their peers to inform their participation in the two-day Youth Parliament event. In addition, Youth MPs may wish to undertake a community project during their tenure, which could be one identified with the MP who selected them. A project could be carried out in partnership with other Youth MPs or with other partners, such as youth-focused organisations.

Youth MPs are able to carry out further activities during tenure that align with the objectives of Youth Parliament, including:

  • attending a local event with their MP
  • giving a speech to high school students on the importance of voting, in partnership with the Electoral Commission
  • surveying their peers to collect their views on Youth Parliament select committee topics
  • other activities.

It is the responsibility of the Youth Press Gallery members to keep the public informed about these activities – just like real Press Gallery journalists.

Two-Day Event

During the two-day Youth Parliament event, Youth MPs will participate in a programme designed to closely replicate Parliament, including:

  • Question time: Youth MPs will ask questions of Ministers
  • Select Committees: Youth MPs will separate out into subject select committees and their reports will be tabled in the House
  • General debate: Youth MPs can discuss any issue they feel passionate about
  • Legislative debate and vote: Youth MPs will consider the Youth Parliament 2019 mock bill and participate in a conscience vote
  • Party caucus sessions: Arranged by individual parties and providing a chance for Youth MPs to discuss how conscience votes are made by caucuses

Submitting to Youth Parliament Select Committee Hearings

For the first time, participating young people will be able to submit and decide on the Youth Parliament select committee and mock bill topics they wish to discuss at the two-day event. All young people in Aotearoa New Zealand will have the opportunity to submit their thoughts on the ten chosen Youth Parliament select committee topics through a public submission process which is planned for April 2019.

Young people (aged 12-24 years) are particularly encouraged to submit their views on the topics selected for discussion at the 2019 Youth Parliament event. This is a great opportunity for young people who may have missed out on Youth Parliament 2019, but wish to have input on issues that concern them, their community, and young New Zealanders today.

More information on the submission process will be provided when available.

New Zealand Business and Parliament Trust Essay/Video Competition

Once again, the New Zealand Business and Parliament Trust (NZBPT) is offering Youth Parliament participants the opportunity to win money toward their future study, by completing an essay or video on a topic to be specified in the coming months. For details on the Youth Parliament 2016 competition, click here. We also featured the winners of the 2016 competition in our November 2016 e-newsletter.

Information for Youth Parliament 2019 Participants

Initial training sessions will take place for Youth Parliament participants in main centres around Aotearoa New Zealand during late February and early March 2019. These will educate Youth MPs and Youth Press Gallery members on their role during the six-month Youth Parliament 2019 programme.

A second training process is planned for May 2019 to more specifically prepare participants for the two-day Youth Parliament 2019 event.

If you have been selected to participate in Youth Parliament 2019 as a Youth MP or Youth Press Gallery member and have any questions, please contact the Youth Parliament project team at beheard[at]youthparliament.govt.nz.

Keep in Touch on Social Media

You can keep up to date with Youth Parliament 2019 by following the Ministry of Youth Development’s Facebook page, and using the hashtag #YP2019.

Need More Information on Youth Parliament 2019?

If you have any questions, you can contact the Youth Parliament team at the Ministry of Youth Development at beheard[at]youthparliament.govt.nz.