Call for youth MPs

Teenagers who are keen on politics and have an understanding of the issues facing young people in the Waitaki and Clutha districts are being encouraged to put themselves forward for the 2013 Youth Parliament.

The Youth Parliament is held once every parliamentary term, and this year will take place on July 16 and 17. Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean said the selection process was open and she encouraged young people aged 16-18 wanting to represent their community to register their interest. Mrs Dean said 121 young people would get the chance to debate legislation, sit on select committees and quiz ministers.

''As well as receiving an inside look into the workings of Parliament, the people selected will participate in the government decision-making process,'' she said.

Clutha-Southland MP Bill English is also seeking a young person to be the Clutha electorate's Youth Parliament member.

''I want to hear from young people who are willing to get out and engage with the youth in their community to gather their views and represent them in Parliament.''

It meant all New Zealand youth would have the chance to have their voices heard, he said.