New Zealand Labour Party

Christopher Oleva-Tanuvasa is Youth MP for Māngere

 Su’a William Sio, MP for Māngere, is pleased to announce that Christopher Oleva-Tanuvasa, Head Boy of St Peter’s College has been selected by a panel of judges as Youth MP for Māngere for Youth Parliament 2016 from a strong pool of 7 students who competed for the role. 

“I was very impressed with the calibre of applications I received. I was touched by the candidates’ passion about a variety of youth issues and their eagerness to represent their community at Youth Parliament 2016.

“I wish I could include them all. The Selection Panel also selected two other runner-ups this year - Haris Murtaza from Al-Madinah School and Chunte Delores Su’a from Southern Cross – who will join our Youth MP in Wellington if we can find sponsors for them. 

“121 Youth MPs, from across the country, will come to Parliament on 19 and 20 July 2016, where they will learn about the government decision-making process and share the views of New Zealand youth with the country’s decision makers. They will have the unique opportunity to step into the shoes of an MP for two days while they debate legislation, sit on select committees and ask oral questions to Ministers.

 "As well as representing Māngere at Youth Parliament in July, Christopher will hold the title of Youth MP for Māngere from 25 January to 25 July 2016. During this time, he will actively engage with the community to gain an understanding of the ideas and concerns of youth in the area. 

‘Youth Parliament 2016 is also an opportunity for all young people to have their voice heard in Parliament. All young people can share their views on the Youth parliament select committee topics. To find out how, simply contact the Ministry of Youth Development at

“Youth Parliament is organised by the Ministry of Youth Development in collaboration with the Office of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Office of the Clerk, the Parliamentary Service and New Zealand’s 121 Members of Parliament,” says Su’a William Sio.


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The Ministry of Youth Development can be contacted on