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Waimakariri MP Matt Doocey says it’s fitting International Youth Day on Sunday marked the opening of the two-month period in which Members of Parliament will select their Youth MPs for Youth Parliament 2019.

“International Youth Day puts the focus on the issues facing our youth globally and it is the role of Youth MPs to canvass the young people in their region to find out what the issues are and what our young people would like to see happening at Parliamentary level,” Doocey said.

Youth Parliament is held every three years. Doocey said in the run-up to the last Youth Parliament in 2016, he and his Youth MP held roadshows all around the electorate to speak to young people and hear their views.

“I wanted this opportunity to be about more than one of our young people going up to Parliament to hear about democracy and Parliamentary processes. I encouraged my Youth MP to seize the opportunity to speak directly to our young people in Waimakariri electorate and to get their voices heard in Parliament,” Doocey said.

Doocey said he had been overwhelmed by the calibre of nominations for Youth MP 2016 and was looking forward to meeting some great new people who would like to be Waimakariri’s Youth MP in 2019.

If this sounds like you, or someone you know, go to for information on the selection process.

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