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.