New Plymouth woman Chloe Oldfield will be one of two New Zealanders to speak in the British Parliament in December.
The former New Plymouth Girls' High School student said she was looking forward to speaking in the House of Lords at the fifth Commonwealth Youth Parliament.
"It feels surreal, it hasn't sunk in yet. I don't think it will feel real until I get there," the 20-year-old said.
Miss Oldfield is three weeks away from finishing her degree in political science and international relations at Victoria University.
The delegates will discuss issues ranging from good governance to climate change, and Miss Oldfield said she was ready for the debates.
"I'm looking forward to the challenges."
Miss Oldfield represented New Plymouth Girls' High School at the student Commonwealth heads of government meeting in 2009 and has since become one of the deputy conference directors for the Royal Commonwealth Society in Wellington.
Society branch president Darryl Stevens said he was enormously proud of the two representing New Zealand.
"It is a fantastic accomplishment, and I am sure it is just the start of big things to come," he said.
Miss Oldfield, who plans to start her masters in accounting next year, believes hard work is the key to success.
"I don't believe you get anywhere in life by cruising. You have to know what you want and go for it," said Miss Oldfield, who is looking forward to her first overseas trip.
Taryn Utiger is a Witt journalism student.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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