Event: Wellington Model European Union 2017
Dates: 27-28th May 2017
Venue: Victoria University of Wellington
Cost: $30

Introducing Wellington Model European Union 2017! We are bringing the EU back to Wellington this year even bigger and better than before.

This event requires delegates to both represent their country and balance their parties values whilst debating on important issues.

2017 follows the Brexit decision voted by the British people, a result many did not expect and feel uncertain about the future.

We will delve into the complexities of Brexit under the guidance of our topic experts provided by the National Centre for Research on Europe.

Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity!

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Saturday 27th May- Day 1 Time Activity
8:30-9:00am Delegate Registration (Hugh Mackenzie Foyer)
9:00-9:20am Opening Ceremony
9:20-9:40am Rules of Procedure Training
9:40-10:15am Country Representatives Meeting
10:15-10:45am Morning Tea
10:45-11:45 Introduction to the theme/Committee Session 1
11:45-12:30pm Political Party Meetings
12:30-1:15pm Lunch
1:15-3:00pm Committee Session 1
3:00-3:20pm Afternoon Tea
3:20-5:00pm Committee Session 2 (Same rooms)
5:00-7:00pm Social Evening- Dinner and Panel Discussion
Sunday 28th May- Day Two Time Activity
8:30-9:00am Delegate Registration
9:00-9:45am Morning Briefing and Keynote Speaker
9:45-10:45am Workshop (In Committee Rooms)
10:45-11:00am Morning Tea
11:00-11:30am Committee Session 3
11:30-12:15pm Political Party Meetings
12:15-12:45pm Lunch
12:45-2:45pm Plenary Session 1
2:45-3:00pm Afternoon Tea
3:00-4:10pm Plenary Session 2
4:10-4:30pm Closing Ceremony



First of all, congratulations on your selection to attend this event! Over the two days of the conference you will have the opportunity to experience the workings of the European Parliament, be exposed to a range of exceptional guest speakers, hone your debating and negotiating skills and to meet a number of likeminded young people. The committee has been working tirelessly since April to put together what will be a fantastic conference, so I hope that you make the most of every single minute! The theme and educational content are not only interesting, but pertain to one of the biggest on-going issues of our time – what will Brexit mean for Britain, the EU, and the global community?  Make sure that you enjoy yourself at this event, engage with the material and keep up to date with the other exciting opportunities we will have on offer this year.

I would like to thank our partner organisation, the National Centre for Research on Europe, for all of their support and expertise in the lead up to this event. Wellington Model EU would not be possible without their contributions, and the Regional Council is immensely grateful for everything that they provide.

I look forward to seeing you on May 27th, and wish you the best of luck for your preparations!

Jayden van Leeuwen, Wellington Regional President

Meet the Committee

Welcome to Wellington Model European Union 2017! On behalf of my committee, I would like to congratulate you on your selection and also thank you for choosing to apply! This is the second time Wellington has hosted a Model EU and we are thrilled to see that the interest in this event has grown since last year. Model EU is an event like no other, where you get to represent not only a member state, but also a political party – adding a unique element to your conference experience. When deciding on the theme, it was hard to look beyond Brexit. The result of the June 23rd 2016 referendum was a shock to most, and has triggered a series of complex issues and questions. At the conference it will be your task to address these issues and to answer the tough questions – what will the Brexit deal be and what is the future of the EU once Britain is gone? We look forward to seeing you engage with the material and would encourage you to make the most of the topic experts from the NCRE who will be on hand at the conference.

We hope that this conference is one of your best UN Youth experiences, and that you have as much fun taking part in it as we had putting it together! Good luck with your preparations – we can’t wait to meet you all on the 27th.

Jayden van Leeuwen & the Wellington Model EU 2017 Committee.

Jayden van Leeuwen- Coordinator Jayden is the Coordinator for Wellington Model EU, as well as being the Wellington Regional President for 2017. New Plymouth born but Christchurch raised, he’s a third year Law, History and Political Science student and has been involved with UN Youth for five years. As Coordinator, Jayden has been leading the team, liaised with our partner organisation NCRE and has also overseen the creation of the educational content. When he’s not bogged down with law readings or wading his way through UN Youth emails, Jayden can be found watching way too many hours of legal/political TV shows (Designated Survivor and The Good Fight are his current faves) or keeping up with the latest real life political shenanigans, especially in the US.
Sukey Allen-Logistics Officer
Sukey is currently in her third year studying Law, International Relations and Politics at Victoria University of Wellington. She is originally from Methven, a small town one hour South-West of Christchurch. She moved to Wellington to start University and now calls the city her second home. She is currently on the UN Youth Wellington Regional Council as the Tertiary support member. As well as being involved in UN Youth she volunteers for the Wellington Community Justice Project providing information sessions to former refugee’s and is a mentor for first year law students in the Kensington Swan Mentoring programme. Sukey works part time at Restorative Practices Aotearoa as the Social Media and General Administrator. In her spare time, she loves to binge watch Netflix and go to the movies with her friends. She has loved organising this event with Jayden and Eva and cannot wait to meet you all!
Eva Maffey- Communications Officer
Eva is in her second year of a Law, International Relations and Spanish conjoint at Victoria University of Wellington. Also Christchurch raised, she is proud to be part of this South Island trio organizing this event as Communications Officer. As well as being involved with UN Youth, Eva volunteers with Commonwealth Youth, Victoria Development Society, and works at Parliament with the Office of the Clerk. When she isn’t rushing from campus to campus, Eva enjoys perusing Wholesome Memes, planning her next holiday, watching court cases and going on numerous coffee runs. She is especially excited for this event as she previously completed a Global Europe course at the University of Canterbury and is very curious as to what the implications of the Brexit decision will be.




We would like to thank all our sponsors for supporting Wellington Model European Union 2017 and being so generous with their time and resources!

National Centre for Research on Europe –
The National Centre for Research on Europe (NCRE) brings together students, teachers, graduates and academics from around the world to research and study the EU and Europe- related issues and topics. The centre belongs to and runs the ‘European Studies Association of New Zealand’ and the ‘Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence Asia-Pacific’.
The NCRE also performs a wider societal role and serves as a key element in the EU’s outreach within New Zealand and the Pacific. Raising a critical awareness of the EU, informing government, the media and public opinion play an equally important part in the NCRE’s core functions.
Above all, the NCRE encourages and promotes a new generation of New Zealand graduates who have a high level of expertise and interest in the EU.
Visit our website at:
Facebook: All Things Europe – the NCRE (note you will need a current Facebook account to access this page)
Victoria University of Wellington –
Victoria University is one of New Zealand’s oldest and most prestigious tertiary institutions with a proud tradition of academic excellence. The University has kindly sponsored the use of their campus for this event.

European Union Centres Network –
The New Zealand European Union Centres Network (EUCN), is a network of all eight New Zealand universities that aims to combine the three elements of research, teaching and outreach under a unique thematic umbrella focused on the impact, role and understanding of the European Union within New Zealand and the wider Pacific region.
The Network is multidisciplinary in orientation and open to all New Zealand universities with an interest in European Union Studies. The 1999 EU-NZ Joint Declaration – involving economics, politics, security, innovation, development, democratic values and people and cultures – defines the scope of the Network’s activities.
It organizes academic research and administers scholarships for students studying the EU. Events, seminars and conferences are open to the public and often available via online login.
For more information visit our website: or email [email protected] . The EUCN is co-funded by an European Commission Grant.
Facebook: EUCN – New Zealand European Union Centres Network


Jean Monnet

Jean Monnet Actions promote excellence in teaching and research in the field of European Union Studies worldwide. The Actions foster dialogue between the academic world and policy-makers, in particular with the aim of enhancing governance of EU policies.

European Union studies comprise the study of Europe in its entirety with particular emphasis on the European Integration process in both its internal and external aspects. The discipline also covers the role of the EU in a globalized world and in promote active citizenship and dialogue between peoples and cultures.

The NCRE holds a Jean Monnet grant to organize this Model EU Training and Simulation event. J

Jean Monnet actions aim to integrate EU topics into the existing curriculum. New Zealand is geographically distanced from the EU and often not directly affected by its day-to-day reality which makes it hard to understand this multifaceted organisation. Model EU events use participatory and experimental learning to engage with complex EU concepts, processes and issues. You receive this handbook prior to the event and are expected to prepare for your individual roles.

Your participation gives you the opportunity to learn about the success of the EU as well as its difficulties. Preparation and participation in this Model EU event will help you with critical thinking, problem solving and decision making.


Wellington Model European Union 2017 will be held at Victoria University of Wellington. Registrations will be held in the Hugh Mackenzie building which is circled in yellow on this map:


Wellington Model European Union 2017 is centred on the theme of Brexit – what kind of deal will be struck between Britain and the EU? At the conference, you will act as the European Parliament, working to pass a directive which will essentially guide the EU negotiators as they seek to reach an agreement in the future. The educational material below has been written by the EU experts from the National Centre for Research on Europe, and will be of great use both at the conference and in your preparations.

Introduction to the EU
First up, this PDF will offer you an overview of what the EU is and how it operates – the perfect place to start!
Introduction to the EU

Introduction to the Theme
This PDF contains an introduction to the theme – Brexit. It’ll help you gain an understanding as to some of the factors that influenced voters and politicians, and some of the reasons why the referendum was called in the first place.
Introduction to the Theme


Political Parties
This PDF has descriptions of all the political parties that will be represented at the conference, and explains both their political leanings, policy objectives and opinions on Brexit. Scroll through to find your party, and learn more about the kinds of things you’ll want to keep in mind during debate!
Political Parties

Members of the EU
Scroll through this PDF to find your country – there’s some background information on every member state and explanations of how Brexit might affect them, as well as some links to websites that might be helpful in your preparation.
Member States

Parliamentary Committees
This PDF contains information on each committee that’ll be in operation at the conference – find yours to learn more about what your committee does, and what questions you might want to try and answer during debate!
Parliamentary Committees

Draft Directive
This is the directive, the EU version of a resolution. During your committee, you will be debating the section of the directive allocated to your committee, so focus your preparation on the relevant section. However, make sure you take a look at the directive as a whole – during plenary, all delegates will be in one lecture theatre, debating the entire directive!
Draft Directive

This PDF contains some useful definitions and explanations for key terms in the above PDFs – head here if you’re unsure about a term used elsewhere!