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What happened at Youth Parliament 2016

On 19 and 20 July, 138 young people from around the country participated in Youth Parliament 2016.

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Source: Ministry of Youth Development

Youth Parliament is an opportunity for young New Zealanders to learn about New Zealand’s democracy and influence public decision-making. 

Youth MPs sit in the seat of the MP that they were selected to represent.

In 2016, while the 121 Youth MPs were in Parliament they:

  • asked oral questions to Ministers
  • participated in a general debate about issues facing their communities
  • sat on select committees that considered submissions on selected topics, and reported their recommendations to the House
  • debated the third reading of a mock bill called the Accessible Web Pages and Apps Bill.

Meanwhile, the 17 Youth Press Gallery members reported on the proceedings.

The select committee topics, the text of the mock bill, and further information can be found on the Youth Parliament section of the Parliament website. Highlights and outcomes are available in the Overview of Youth Parliament 2016 section on the Ministry of Youth Development website. The Hansard record can also be found here, and the reports from the ten select committees can be found here.