ONLINE NZ Model Parliament 2021 - High School Student Registrations
Time & Location
About the Event
Important registrations note: The form is time limited (20 minutes) and each question has a strict 400 character limit. We recommend writing out any answers in a separate document (taking note of character limits) before copying them over.
The conference will take place as an online event. The tentative schedule for the online event is 10am-1pm on Saturday 18th December and 1pm-4pm on Sunday 19th December with breaks throughout the sessions.
WHAT IS NZ MODEL PARLIAMENT?
New Zealand Model Parliament is a three day event designed for high school students to experience Parliament as a change-maker. With select committees on thought-provoking topics, deep-dives into current issues through workshops and parliamentary debate, NZMP is an experiential crash course into the workings of Parliament. As a participant, you will gain a thorough understanding of how Parliament’s laws affects our lives, inter-party politics, and the legislative process. You will also practice your soft skills of critical thinking, public speaking and collaboration (read: an incredible opportunity to meet other community-driven engaged high school students all around Aotearoa!). We cater to all experience and knowledge levels, so all we need from you is to bring yourself!
WHAT IS UN YOUTH?
We are a non-profit organisation that provides civics education outside the traditional classroom context. Through fun workshops and conferences, we engage youth in the most pressing affairs of their country and the international community. Our goal is to inspire young New Zealanders to be active, global citizens. Global citizenship exists in an incredibly diverse range of forms, and UN Youth provides opportunities for delegates to develop their own form of active citizenship. Throughout Aotearoa, our work equips young people to become informed, engaged, and critical New Zealanders who understand their global context and the connections between the local and the global. Annually, over 3000 young New Zealanders from Northland to Southland attend a UN Youth event, run by a body of 150 volunteers across the country who dedicate many hours of their time to engaging young people and growing the organisation.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM THE CONFERENCE?
You will be allocated a party role to represent, as well as a select committee committee topic that you'll have the chance to discuss and debate in depth. Just like in traditional Model UN format, you'll represent the views of the party you've been assigned. As part of the official vehicle of change in Aotearoa, you will work with your party on the proposed mock bill and engage in your given select committee. Only you, as a representative, can voice your party and electorate views within parliamentary discussions and work with other representatives to create a bill that represents the 2021 NZMP cohort. Workshops at the conference will also give you a chance to step out of the simulation to discuss and represent your own views.
In this role, you will be assigned a NZ media body to represent, such as The Spinoff or RNZ. The press hold the important role in democratic nations as accountability mechanisms for our government. To simplify, you will poke, prod, and generally cause a little bit of chaos in the parliamentary sector. Your role allows you to question Members of Parliament and contribute to a daily newsletter about what goes on in the House. You'll also get to run the NZMP press conferences and engage in some hands on investigative journalism.
SELECT COMMITTEE TOPICS
Despite the name, the Justice Select Committee looks at more than just matters of crime and justice. You might enjoy the Justice Select Committee if you’re interested in: matters of human rights, voting eligibility, or the finer details of how elections are run.
Love the environment? Then you’ll love the Environment Select Committee. You might enjoy the Environment Select Committee if you’re interested in: climate change, farming, environmental sustainability, keeping our waterways clean, or nature and conservation.
Economic Development, Science and Innovation
If you enjoy a bit of variety, this Select Committee has a wide scope. You might enjoy the Economic Development, Science and Innovation Select Committee if you’re interested in: business & industry, innovation, science and technology, or tourism.
Public health has been a focus in the media for the last year and a half, and this is your chance to jump in to the discussion. You might enjoy the Health Select Committee if you’re interested in: healthcare, PHARMAC and drug funding, or nutrition.
Education and Workforce
You've all experienced the results of Education policy first hand - now it's your chance to have a say! And from education onwards, what do you want your future workforce to look like? You might enjoy the Education and Workforce Select Committee if you’re interested in: the NZ education system, worker's right and labour standards, or accident compensation.
Te Tiriti o Waitangi is New Zealand’s founding document, and thus has wide reaching implication on every other area of policy. You might enjoy the Māori Affairs Select Committee if you’re interested in: indigenous rights and representation, land ownership, The Treaty of Waitangi/Te Tiriti o Waitangi, the protection and preservation of taonga.
Finance and Expenditure
Like to focus on the finer details? You might enjoy the Finance and Expenditure Select Committee if you’re interested in: fiscal and economic policy, New Zealand's national budget, taxes, and government expenditure.
For any questions about the event, or to change details of your application, feel free to contact our Registrations Manager Amelia Cai at firstname.lastname@example.org
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