Youth Parliament Finalists Announced

Invercargill news
Monday, September 28, 2015

Four students have been selected to advance to the final stage to become my Youth Member of Parliament for 2016 representing Invercargill.

The finalists are Blair Duthie, of Verdon College, Caitlin Boyle, of Southland Girls’ High School, Callum Findlater, of Central Southland College and Keiren Perkins, of Verdon College.

Short listed applicants were interviewed on Friday, September 18.

On October 9, the finalists will deliver a five-minute speech on a range of suggested topics and then answer a judge’s question. The event will be held at the Ascot Park Hotel at 7.00pm and is open to the public. Family and friends of the finalists are encouraged to attend.

The five judges are Invercargill MP Sarah Dowie, Invercargill deputy mayor Darren Ludlow, Community Trust of Southland CEO John Prendergast, Market South owner Carla Forbes and Malloch McClean associate Mark Doggett.

Keiren Perkins said he is “ecstatic” to be named a finalist because he is passionate about politics and the Southland community.

“To be selected I would feel as though I were giving youth a voice in Southland, which would be just fantastic.”

Sarah Dowie said: “Youth Parliament is an incredible opportunity and I know who ever the lucky winner is will make the most of their time at Parliament.”

“I want to emphasise that being a Member of Parliament is first and foremost about being a representative.”

The winner will join 121 other youth MPs selected to engage with and represent their community from January 2016 – and put their experience to practice at Youth Parliament on July 19-20, 2016.

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.

Youth Parliament gives young people the opportunity to participate in the parliamentary process and encourages ongoing young participation in decision making in a meaningful way.

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.