Nick Smith - Nelson MP, Minister National Government

Nelson MP on the search for 2016 Youth Parliament MP


Can you see a future for yourself as an MP? Or are you are just curious about how Parliament works?  Here is your chance to have your voice heard and to experience first-hand how decisions are made that impact all of New Zealand.

Young people are now invited to apply to take up the title and responsibility of Youth MP for Nelson and to attend Youth Parliament held in July during Parliament’s recess next year.

If successful, you will join 121 other youth MPs selected to engage with and represent their community from January 2016 – and put your experience to practice at Youth Parliament to be held on 19-20 July 2016.

Nelson MP Nick Smith wants to hear from young people. “I want those willing to get out and engage with the youth in their community to gather their views and represent them in Parliament. It’s really important that we listen to the voice of youth as they will be more greatly impacted by decisions on the future of our country. It is also a learning opportunity for young people to find out how decisions are made.”   

The local selection process will involve the submission of a 500 word essay on “Youth Priorities for Nelson and New Zealand”. The top four essays will be published in the Nelson Mail on Saturday 26 September 2015 and online. The public can cast a single vote and the polling will form part of the judging process. Essays and applications need to be in to Nick’s office or posted to 544 Waimea Road Nelson, by Friday 18 September 2015.
Youth Parliament 2016 is a one-in-three year opportunity for young New Zealanders to share their views and the views of their peers with the country’s decision-makers. Nominated Youth MPs will hold the title from 25 January to 25 July 2016. They are expected to engage with their community during this time, so all New Zealand youth have the opportunity to have their voice heard.

Anyone interested in becoming a Youth MP should contact  or the Ministry of Youth Development at






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