Waimakariri MP Matt Doocey said a presentation to the Waimakariri Youth Council this week by his Youth MP, Holly Fletcher, was a great way to feed back to young people some of the knowledge Holly gained at Youth Parliament.
“It was important to me that what Holly learnt, as well as her insights into the role our young people can play in democratic processes, be fed back to young people in the electorate to add value to the Youth Parliament process,” Doocey said.
A total of 121 Youth MPs attended Youth Parliament on July 19 and 20.
Doocey said in the months leading up to Youth Parliament, he and Holly had conducted roadshows throughout Waimakariri electorate to be accessible to young people wanting to get their views taken to Youth Parliament.
“In her presentation to the Youth Council, Holly quoted Mahatma Ghandi, challenging our young people to be the change they wish to see in the world. I think that was pretty powerful,” Doocey said.
Holly said the biggest thing she took away from her experience was the importance of young people using their vote and expressing their voice.
“What I have heard most often from people in the youth bracket is that their vote doesn't matter. However, in our democratic society, all votes and all voices are equal. It does not matter how well you do at school or whether you come from a less well-off situation, all of our votes and voices matter, and people like Matt and other MPs are here to listen and take our views up to Parliament so we can be heard,” Holly said.