Students tackle terrorism

Debate raged and notes were eagerly passed during a student-run United Nations meeting at Massey University.

The first regionally held event saw 95 Central North Island students pass resolutions on climate change and terrorism yesterday.

Each student acts as an ambassador for member countries as part of the Model United Nations event.

Keeping with United Nations protocol, pronouns were banned, messages were sent via notes and delegates were voted on their country's interests, even if they personally disagreed.

The rules baffled some.

Stratford High School student Ngatini Gawler, 16, said she was surprised delegates sent messages via hand-written notes.

"We're living in 2010, not 1910," Ngatini said.

"We can just text each other," she said.

Organised by The United Nations Youth Association, the day aims to encourage students to become involved in politics.

Event co-ordinator Alexandra Sinclair said students got to take on another country's perspective, hone their public speaking skills and think critically.

Bringing the event to Palmerston North also allowed more students to get involved, she said.

Previously students had to travel to main centres to take part.

The national Model United Nations event will be held in Wellington from July 2 to 6.

Ten students from the national event will be selected to participate in the Model United Nations in The Hague.

The Manawatu Standard