Youth Affairs Minister Nikki Kaye has announced the names of the Youth Members of Parliament and Youth Press Gallery, as well as topics for Youth Parliament 2013.
Each member of parliament has selected a Youth MP to represent them, and the Parliamentary Press Gallery has selected a Youth Press Gallery.
The young MPs will sit on select committees of inquiry, attend caucus meetings and engage in debates in the House, holding their position from May 1 to December 31, 2013. The Youth Press Gallery will also be reporting during this time.
"The point of this is to ensure young people understand Government and learn how they can influence decision-making," says Kaye.
The Youth Parliament will debate a mock Electoral Reform Bill and address a selection of topics including, barriers to employment for young people, justice for white and blue collar crimes and New Zealand's international obligations in foreign affairs, defence and trade.
Youth Parliament takes place July 16-17. You can view the full list of Youth MPs, Youth Press Gallery and topics here.