Newly selected Selwyn Youth MP Katelyn Twiss (left) with Selwyn MP Amy Adams (right).

Youth MP Selected


Selwyn MP Amy Adams has selected sixteen year-old Katelyn Twiss from Leeston as her Selwyn Youth MP for 2019.

“I am looking forward to working with Katelyn during her term as Youth MP which runs from March 1st until August 31st next year,” Amy said.

“Katelyn will be representing Selwyn at the Youth Parliament in Wellington on July 16th and 17th, and I am sure she will do a fantastic job,” Amy added.

Katelyn was chosen from among seven finalists by a panel including Amy, Selwyn District Mayor Sam Broughton and local Councillor Craig Watson.

The finalists had to give a five-minute presentation on local and national issues and then answer questions from the judges.

Amy praised all the finalists for having the courage to put themselves forward and present their opinions to the panel.

“I was thoroughly impressed by the passion and knowledge which all the finalists demonstrated in their presentations. These are all young people who are motivated to make a difference in their communities and I commend them for their efforts,” Amy said.

Katelyn, who is a Year 12 student at Ellesmere College, said that she was very excited to have been chosen as the Youth MP for Selwyn and was looking forward to the experience.

Katelyn is already active in the community as a member of the Selwyn Youth Council and is a National Leader for SADD (Students Against Dangerous Driving).