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

Selwyn Youth Update


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).

Join the Selwyn Youth Council & make a difference

Applications for the 2019/2020 Selwyn Youth Council open soon and young people aged between 14 and 24 years who live in Selwyn are encouraged to apply.

The Youth Council is made up of 12 passionate young people with support from Selwyn District Council.

Current Youth Council Chair, Paige Sullivan says by joining the Selwyn Youth Council you could help make life better for local young people by representing their views to the Council and other organisations.

The Youth Council ensures the voice of the young people in Selwyn is heard in local decision making and that their views are taken into account when planning projects that affect them, like town centre works, local parks, pools, libraries and events.

This year the Selwyn Youth Council have been involved with a number of initiatives including the Selwyn Link bus service trial, BOOST 2018, a ‘What do YOUth think? survey and hosting a ‘What do YOUth think? event to gather feedback on the Long-Term Plan.

Mayor Sam Broughton says our Youth Council has made a big difference in Selwyn.

“If you are interested in helping support other young people and want to be a part of making cool things happen you should put your name forward for consideration.”

Any young person with a passion for issues affecting youth who wants to make a positive contribution to our community can complete an application online.

Applications open Monday Nov 5th and close Friday November 23rd.

For more information or to apply please visit: