Youth Parliament 2016
In 2015 I selected Kelly Stitely to be my Youth MP for the 2016 Youth Parliament. After receiving applications I conducted a round of interviews with applicants with the help of former Youth MPs Bokyong Mun (my 2013 Youth MP) and Injy Johnstone (2013 Youth MP for David Parker).
I'm thrilled to have Kelly on board as my Youth MP to help with my ongoing efforts to engage young people in the Dunedin North electorate. Below is an introduction from Kelly along with a link to contact her.
Hi, I'm Kelly Stitely and I am the Youth MP for Dunedin North! I’ll be representing the electorate at the 2016 Youth Parliament in Wellington.
I'm a year 13 student at Otago Girls High School, and try to get involved in Dunedin community as much as I can. Over the last year I have participated in Model United Nations, Aotearoa Youth Declaration and Youth Forum. In 2015 I was volunteered for UN Youth as a High School Ambassador and organised a poetry slam in Dunedin.
I enjoy public speaking, and was on the Dunedin Schools Debating Development Team that placed 3rd in the local debating competition. I also progressed to the national final of the Lions Young Speechmaker Competition delivering a speech on misrepresentation of minority groups, specifically people of colour and women, in film.
During my term as Dunedin North's Youth MP, I want to engage with young people to identify and represent their issues, and work with David Clark as the local MP to develop strategies to address them. I believe New Zealand will prosper when we consult and engage young people in politics.
Young New Zealanders can influence political discourse when given the opportunity. We cannot afford to ignore young people and let them believe their viewpoints aren’t important. They are. Their issues are the issues of the future, and they should start to be addressed today.