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Youth Parliament (NZ0013)



Action Plan: New Zealand Action Plan 2018-2020

Action Plan Cycle: 2018

Status: Active


Lead Institution: Ministry of Youth Development

Support Institution(s): NA

Policy Areas

Capacity Building, Marginalized Communities, Public Participation

IRM Review

IRM Report: Pending IRM Review

Starred: Pending IRM Review

Early Results: Pending IRM Review

Design i

Verifiable: Yes

Relevant to OGP Values: Access to Information Civic Participation , Technology

Potential Impact:

Implementation i



Commitment 2: Youth Parliament
To improve understanding among young people of how Parliament works
and to highlight topics that matter to young people, the Ministry of Youth
Development will work with the Office of the Clerk and the Speaker of
the New Zealand House of Representatives to deliver an enhanced Youth
Parliament 2019.
Through delivering the six-month Youth Parliament 2019 programme, the
Ministry of Youth Development aims to fulfil the five Youth Parliament
• replicate the Parliamentary process
• involve as many young people as possible (before and after the event)
• maximise the educational opportunities of the event
• enhance Parliamentary public relations
• make known the views expressed to appropriate policy agencies.
To allow young people the opportunity to shape what is discussed at the
two-day event the young people selected to be Youth MPs will submit
potential topics for Youth Parliament select committee hearings, and
potential topics for a mock bill.
Status quo:
The current Youth Parliament model (which has run every Parliamentary
term since 1994) involves 120 Youth MPs and up to 20 Youth Press Gallery
members participating in a six-month tenure programme culminating in a
two-day event at Parliament, which will occur on 16 and 17 July 2019.
Youth MPs are selected by sitting MPs and Youth Press Gallery members
are selected by the Parliamentary Press Gallery Lead agency: Ministry of Youth Development
Timeline: October 2018 - June 2020
Commitment 2: Youth Parliament
OGP Values Public Participation,
Technology and Innovation
Verifiable and measurable milestones to fulfil
the commitment
Start date End date
Widely promote the opportunity to submit to the
ten planned Youth Parliament select committee
hearings ahead of the July 2019 Youth Parliament
event to a diverse range of young people.
April 2019 June 2019
Hold two-day Youth Parliament event 16 July
17 July 2019
Explore (with the Ministry of Education) how
footage of Youth MPs speaking in the debating
chamber of the New Zealand House of
Representatives could be utilised as part of a civics
or citizenship educational resource for schools.
June 2020
With the Office of the Clerk of the House of
Representatives maximise opportunities to profile
Youth Parliament via social media channels, including
• the Youth MP and Youth Press Gallery
selection period
• the finalising of the select committee and mock
bill topics (planned to be finalised by April
• the work of Youth MPs in their communities
during their tenure
• activities occurring during the two-day Youth
Parliament event.
August 2019
Circulate Youth Parliament select committee
reports to policy agencies relevant to the topics
discussed and publish them on the Ministry of Youth
Development’s website as soon as they are available
after the Youth Parliament event.
July 2019 October


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  2. Youth Parliament

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  3. School Leavers' Toolkit

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  4. Making New Zealand’S Secondary Legislation Readily Accessible

    NZ0015, 2018, E-Government

  5. Public Participation in Policy Development

    NZ0016, 2018, Capacity Building

  6. Service Design

    NZ0017, 2018, Capacity Building

  7. Official Information

    NZ0018, 2018, Legislation & Regulation

  8. Review of Government Use of Algorithms

    NZ0019, 2018, Science & Technology

  9. Data Practice Transparency

    NZ0020, 2018, Capacity Building

  10. Monitoring Information Management Practice

    NZ0021, 2018, Legislation & Regulation

  11. Open Data Government Organizations

    NZ0022, 2018, E-Government

  12. Open Procurement

    NZ0023, 2018, E-Government

  13. Open Budget

    NZ0005, 2016, Capacity Building

  14. Improving Official Information Practices

    NZ0006, 2016, Capacity Building

  15. Improving Open Data Access and Principles

    NZ0007, 2016, Capacity Building

  16. Tracking Progress and Outcomes of Open Government Data Release

    NZ0008, 2016, Capacity Building

  17. Ongoing Engagement for OGP

    NZ0009, 2016, Capacity Building

  18. Starred commitment Improving Access to Legislation

    NZ0010, 2016, Capacity Building

  19. Improving Policy Practices

    NZ0011, 2016, Capacity Building

  20. BPS Result 10 – New Zealanders Can Complete Their Transactions with the Government Easily in a Digital Environment

    NZ0001, 2014, E-Government

  21. ICT Strategy Action 13 – Open by Default: Active Re-use of Information Assets

    NZ0002, 2014, Capacity Building

  22. National Integrity System Assessment

    NZ0003, 2014, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  23. The Kia TūTahi Relationship Accord

    NZ0004, 2014, Capacity Building