MP selects local young person to attend Youth Parliament 2016

Epsom news
Wednesday, November 18, 2015

National List MP Hon Paul Goldsmith has selected Jacob Lerner of Auckland Grammar School as his representative at Youth Parliament 2016.
“I was impressed by the high quality of applications I received and overwhelmed by how passionate young people are to represent their community at Youth Parliament 2016,” says Mr Goldsmith.
“121 Youth MPs, from across the country, will come to Parliament on 19 and 20 July 2016, where they will learn about the government decision-making process and share the views of New Zealand youth with the country’s decision makers. They will have the unique opportunity to step into the shoes of an MP for two days while they debate legislation, sit on select committees and ask oral questions of Ministers.
“As well as representing me at Youth Parliament in July, Jacob will hold the title of Youth MP from 25 January to 25 July 2016.  During this time, he will actively engage with the community to gain an understanding of the ideas and concerns of youth in Epsom.
“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,” says Mr Goldsmith.
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.

To find out more, simply visit the Ministry of Youth Development website at