Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


Young people to face MPs in UNICEF NZ Election Debate

Young people to face MPs in UNICEF NZ Election Debate

The UNICEF New Zealand Youth vs MPs Election Debate takes place today (22 July) at the Beehive Theatrette providing a unique platform for young people to debate issues of importance ahead of the 2014 general election.

UNICEF NZ will also be live streaming the event so that New Zealanders all over the country can watch and engage with the debate by using the hashtag #YouthvsMPs on Twitter (www.unicef.org.nz/YouthvsMPs).

Dennis McKinlay, Executive Director at UNICEF NZ said, “The aim of the debate is to provide young people with the platform and confidence to participate in political dialogue and to advocate for issues that affect them now and even more so in the future.

“People under 18 are not yet able to vote so who is looking out for their interests? People who are over 18 can vote but voter turnout among young people in New Zealand is much lower than all other age groups and we want to see this trend reversed.”

Simon O’Connor, MP for Tamaki, and Andrew Little, Labour MP, will co-host the debate at Parliament which will be moderated by Linda Clark.

Six young people will debate against six MPs in two motions:

• ‘NZ is a great place to be a child’: MPs Simon O’Connor (National Party), Andrew Little (Labour Party), Metiria Turei (Green Party) will debate Ruby Sands (UNICEF NZ Youth Ambassador), Rawinia Thompson (Vic Uni Students' Association), and Bing Ying Lou (Wellington City Youth Councillor) for the domestic debate.

• ‘Aid is the best way to combat global poverty’: MPs John Hayes (National Party), Tracey Martin (New Zealand First Party), Jan Logie (Green Party) will debate Holly Walmsley (Vic IDS), Victoria Rea (UN Youth) and Quan Nguyen (Vic IDS) for the international debate.

Mr McKinlay added, “The debate will provide a chance to highlight issues affecting children both here in NZ and overseas.

“We wish to thank all of the MPs and young people involved and we are encouraged to see the cross party support represented here.

“Our hope is that the debate will ignite young people’s interest and participation in politics ahead of the upcoming election in September.”

The Youth vs MPs Election Debate is part of UNICEF NZ’s wider youth engagement programme which aims to engage and empower young people in New Zealand. This includes our Youth Ambassador and Child Rights Education programmes as well as the annual Youth Congress.

For more information about the UNICEF NZ Youth vs MPSs Election Debate, please go to www.unicef.org.nz/YouthvsMPs

-ends-

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: A Govt. Christmas Bad News Dump -The Skycity Convention Center Blowout & A Negative MBIE Review

If the government really did have good tidings of great joy you can bet it wouldn’t be strewing them about at Christmas time – which is, traditionally, the dumping ground for terrible news that the government fervently hopes the public will be too distracted to notice. And so verily this Christmas Eve we learn of (a) the explosion of costs to the taxpayer and ratepayer of the vile SkyCity convention centre in Auckland and that (b) the government’s flagship MBIE “super-ministry” run by its Minister of Everything is a disaster zone of incompetence and mismanagement. MBIE is a Titanic looking for an iceberg, or so it would seem. More>>

 

Parliament Adjourns:

Greens: CAA Airport Door Report Conflicts With Brownlee’s Claims

The heavily redacted report into the incident shows conflicting versions of events as told by Gerry Brownlee and the Christchurch airport security staff. The report disputes Brownlee’s claim that he was allowed through, and states that he instead pushed his way through. More>>

ALSO:

TAIC: Final Report On Grounding Of MV Rena

Factors that directly contributed to the grounding included the crew:
- not following standard good practice for planning and executing the voyage
- not following standard good practice for navigation watchkeeping
- not following standard good practice when taking over control of the ship. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell:
On The Pakistan Schoolchildren Killings

The slaughter of the children in Pakistan is incomprehensibly awful. On the side, it has thrown a spotlight onto something that’s become a pop cultural meme. Fans of the Homeland TV series will be well aware of the collusion between sections of the Pakistan military/security establishment on one hand and sections of the Taliban of the other… More>>

ALSO:

Werewolf Satire:
The Politician’s Song

am a perfect picture of the modern politic-i-an:
I don’t precisely have a plan so much as an ambition;
‘Say what will sound most pleasant to the public’ is my main dictum:
And when in doubt attack someone who already is a victim More>>

ALSO:

Flight: Review Into Phillip Smith’s Escape Submitted To Government

The review follows an earlier operational review by the Department of Corrections and interim measures put in place by the Department shortly after prisoner Smith’s escape, and will inform the Government Inquiry currently underway. More>>

ALSO:

Intelligence: Inspector-General Accepts Apology For Leak Of Report

The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security, Cheryl Gwyn, has accepted an unreserved apology from Hon Phil Goff MP for disclosing some of the contents of her recent Report into the Release of Information by the NZSIS in July and August 2011 to media prior to its publication. The Inspector-General will not take the matter any further. More>>

ALSO:

Drink: Alcohol Advertising Report Released

The report of the Ministerial Forum on Alcohol Advertising and Sponsorship has been released today, with Ministers noting that further work will be required on the feasibility and impact of the proposals. More>>

ALSO:

Other Report:

Leaked Cabinet Papers: Treasury Calls For Health Cuts

Leaked Cabinet papers that show that Government has been advised to cut the health budget by around $200 million is ringing alarm bells throughout the nursing and midwifery community. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news