Search for the Rotorua Electorate's next Youth MP underway

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Rotorua and Te Puke MP Todd McClay is inviting local young people, aged between 16 and 18 years, to apply to represent the Rotorua electorate at the next Youth Parliament to be held in 2016. Youth Parliament is held every three years, and gives young people the opportunity to get a better understanding and be part of the Parliamentary process.

It’s important that parliament and politics is inclusive and accessible to everyone, especially young Kiwis. Youth Parliament helps to educate young people on New Zealand’s political process, identify potential leaders in the community, while giving young people a direct voice to Parliament.

“I’m looking for an exceptional young person aged between 16 and 18, who is active in their school or wider community. They need to be passionate about youth issues, interested in politics and willing to represent the wider Rotorua electorate at Youth Parliament in Wellington next year,” says Mr McClay.

“Youth MPs will debate legislation, sit on select committees, and ask oral questions to real Ministers. The personal selected for the Rotorua electorate will sit in my seat in Parliament, and consider some of my Ministerial responsibilities. Issues will be youth-focussed, giving young people a forum to talk about issues that are important to them and their peers” says Mr McClay.

The selection process will include submitting a short essay followed by an interview and invitation to make a short speech on a topical local issue.

Applications are open until the 16th of September. To apply, submit a CV and an essay on why you think you should be chosen to represent our community at Youth Parliament in 2016. These can be posted or dropped off to my electorate office at 1301 Amohau Street in Rotorua, 68 Jellicoe Street in Te Puke or emailed to For more information, contact my electorate office on 07 348 5871 or 07 5737125.