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Young blood wanted to fill MP's shoes

Last updated 05:00 01/02/2013
Phil Goff
JASON OXENHAM

YOUNG BLOOD: Mt Roskill MP Phil Goff is beginning the search for a teen to take his seat for Youth Parliament 2013.

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Politicians are on the lookout for younger counterparts who can take their place in Parliament for a special sitting later in the year.

Youth Parliament is held every three years to give young Kiwis the opportunity to gain an understanding of the Parliamentary decision making process.

Every Member of Parliament around the country is required to nominate a young person aged between 16 and 18 inclusive to represent them in the July event.

The teen will have their expenses paid to travel and stay in Wellington for the three days.

Mt Roskill MP Phil Goff will visit schools in his electorate during February to talk with students who are interested in taking part in the democratic process.

"I am keen to encourage young people who will have the chance to vote at the next elections to start thinking about what democracy means and involves and this may be a good way to do it," he says.

The session will involve 121 youth MPs and 10 youth press gallery members.

The sitting is intended to be as close as possible to the real thing - the young MPs will debate legislation, sit on select committees and ask questions of Cabinet ministers.

They will also hear from a panel of MPs to learn more about the role of an MP and the multitude of pathways to enter a career in politics.

The event is also an opportunity for MPs to learn more about issues affecting today's youth.

Youth Parliament takes place from July 16 to 18.

Young people interested in applying should contact their local MP's office.

Aspiring journalists aged from 16 to 24 who are interested in applying to be a member of the Youth Press Gallery should email beheard@youthparliament.co.nz.

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