Pacific Peoples Minister inspires youth to take action

posted: 8:30 am - 27th September 2018
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(Picture caption: Youth Parliament 2019 runs from March 1 to August 31, with a two-day event taking place on July 16-17, at Parliament in Wellington.) 

Minister for Pacific Peoples Hon. Aupito William Sio is inspiring Pacific youth to raise their hands and apply to be part of the Youth Parliament 2019 and represent their local Member of Parliament.

He is encouraging more Pacific youth interested in politics to take the initiative and indicate their interest in becoming a youth MP, he says.  

“I’ve asked youth in Mangere to write me a letter outlining why they want to become my Youth MP, but they can be as creative as they want in approaching me or their own local Member of Parliament.”

Youth Parliament 2019 runs from March 1 to August 31, with a two-day event taking place on July 16-17, at Parliament in Wellington. 

The participant selection process will be run by individual MPs until October 19, 2018.

Minister Sio is keen to grow Pacific leadership at all levels, he adds.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for Pacific youth aged between 16 to 18 years to represent their local community and in the process learn about the workings of parliament and government decision making processes.” 

The Minister’s face-to-face engagements with Pacific people, especially in the regions, reaffirm time and time again the Pacific population in New Zealand is young.

“We have 55 percent of Pacific peoples under 25 years and fast-growing with a median age of 22 years, compared with 34 percent under 25 years and a median age of 38 years for the total New Zealand population,” he explains.

“Becoming a Youth MP is a very rare opportunity that will enable a young person to explore, develop and grow their leadership styles and the skills to profile issues that matter to them. 

“A Youth MP is also an opportunity to explore how they can promote their dreams and aspirations for the future, and contribute to their local community.”

Minister Sio encourages any interested Pacific youth to get in touch with their local MP and put their names forward for consideration for Youth Parliament. 

“This exciting opportunity only comes around every three years, so make sure you get your applications in before the close of the deadline,” he says.

Visit the Ministry of Youth Development for more information.