Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

Young people should be seen and heard

6 July, 2004

Young people should be seen and heard

Green MP Nandor Tanczos added his full support today to the idea of a National Youth Council, saying a nationwide young people's forum would be a step forward for the young people of New Zealand.

Nandor, the Green spokesperson for Youth Affairs, said he welcomed the resolve by an estimated 80 representatives at Dunedin's Youth in Local Government Conference to initiate a national body to express youth concerns.

"One of the biggest difficulties that youth councils face around New Zealand is that they struggle to be heard by local councils and find it hard to influence council decisions that affect young people," said Nandor.

"Some councils are better than others at listening to young people, others simply pay lip service.

"A national youth council would help provide a stronger voice for young people and help them discuss issues of mandate and how to influence council decisions. A key part of this is understanding what they can actually do."

Nandor said that younger generations have always tended to be ignored by decision makers - who often forgot that they were once young also.

"One of the big problems in New Zealand society is that we talk a lot about young people - mostly about the problems they cause - but we rarely listen to them.

"I congratulate the councils that have shown a clear willingness to listen to young people and include their views in the decision making process.

"It's essential that our local councils show some leadership by helping the vision of the adults of tomorrow become a reality today," said Nandor.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Decision Day: Peters Chooses Labour

Winston Peters says he will form a Government in coalition with Labour and the Greens giving confidence and supply.

Peters said he had been offered the position of Deputy Prime Minister and a number of other ministerial posts would go to his colleagues

He said economic and monetary policy changes were needed to face a coming economic downturn.>>>More

Reaction

Labour on its agreement |Peters: Post-Election Announcement Speech | Greenpeace “cautiously hopeful” about new Government | ACT - Madman on the loose | E tū ecstatic | Chamber welcomes the outcome

 

Climate: Increasing Greenhouse Emissions Hit NZ

New Zealand is seeing impacts of excess greenhouse gas emissions in our climate and oceans, according to the latest national report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ about the state of the atmosphere and climate…More>>

ALSO:


Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>

ALSO:

Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>

ALSO:

Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>

ALSO:

Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>

ALSO:

Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election