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Speaker takes Parliament to Bay of Plenty’s youth

Friday 10 May

Children at two schools in the Bay of Plenty and students from Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology are getting the chance to meet the Speaker of the House, Rt Hon Trevor Mallard, on Friday 10 May 2019.

The visit is part of the Speaker-led Outreach Programme that aims to bring Parliament to the people and the Speaker will be accompanied by the Tauranga-based MP, Jan Tinetti and Maree Brookes, the Electorate Agent for Hon Simon Bridges MP for Tauranga.

Rt Hon Trevor Mallard is passionate about making Parliament more accessible, to enhance public perception of Parliament and increase public participation in New Zealand’s democratic process.

“We want all New Zealanders to know that they can easily and effectively engage with Parliament, no matter their age or background. Not everyone can make it to Parliament, so it is easy for people to feel detached from the processes,” says Mr Speaker.

“Taking Parliament to the regions helps to rectify that feeling of detachment,” he says.

At Merivale School in Tauranga 50 students from years four to six will hear how anyone can get involved and effect change by engaging with Parliament. Specifically, how petitions work and some real examples of students who have petitioned Parliament and the outcome. Given the school is a Māori Medium School, this will be done in Te Reo Māori and English.

The group will be cooking sausages for lunch at Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology, Windermere Campus, where students will also be taken on a virtual reality visit of Parliament, thanks to the Parliament XR app.

Later in the day at Te Kura Kaupapa Māori O Te Matai, in Te Puke, students will get the opportunity for a question and answer session with the Speaker, again in Te Reo Māori and English.

The Speaker-led Outreach Programme was launched last year in South Auckland. Mr Speaker aims to extend the programme, with the goal of visiting six regions per year.


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