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Waimakariri MP Matt Doocey is thrilled to announce Rangiora High School student Holly Fletcher as his representative at Youth Parliament 2016.

“The calibre of applicants was extremely high,” Doocey said. “We have some great youth in our community who are passionate about social issues and the youth of our region.”

Holly (16) has been involved in community-based work from a young age, including helping to make up food packages for earthquake-affected Canterbury residents in the days following the earthquake events, volunteering her skills to netball coaching and umpiring, and volunteer work at the Totara Club and Holmwood Resthome.

“Holly has great confidence, is very articulate and well connected with her peers, making her a great choice to represent our youth in taking their issues to Parliament,” Doocey said. “She has experience with speaking in front of people, placing second in the 2012 Rotary Speech competition and fourth in 2013, and has been a member of her school debating team.”

Holly recently attended Canterbury University’s Leadership Breakfast for Women. She also tutors her peers in the sciences and works part-time as an assistant barista in Waimakariri.

Doocey said and it was valuable to get the perspective of the young candidates on some of the issues challenging youth today in the region.

“One message that came through clearly was the barrier that some of our rural young people face in getting to places and the social isolation that this can bring. I also heard that our young people feel they don’t have enough options to socialise in a safe environment.”

Doocey said he and Holly would be meeting with youth all over the electorate to canvas young people’s ideas and to get an understanding of the issues that concerned them.

 121 Youth MPs from all over New Zealand will attend Parliament on 19 and 20 July 2016. As well as representing Waimakariri at Youth Parliament in July, Holly will hold the title of Youth MP for Waimakariri from 25 January to 25 July 2016.  During this time, Youth MPs will actively engage with the community to gain an understanding of the ideas and concerns of youth in the area.

 Youth Parliament 2016 is also an opportunity for all young people to have their voice heard in Parliament.  All young people can share their views on the Youth Parliament select committee topics. To find out how, simply contact the Ministry of Youth Development at beheard@youthparliament.govt.nz.. 

Youth Parliament is organised by the Ministry of Youth Development in collaboration with the Office of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Office of the Clerk, the Parliamentary Service and New Zealand’s 121 Members of Parliament.  

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