For the first time UN Youth New Zealand will run a Model Parliament as a National event. We envision the conference will offer thrilling debate, engaging guest speakers and a whole host of other activities guaranteed to prove an educational and exciting experience.

We are looking for passionate students to coordinate and organise this conference later in 2018.

The conference will be held in Christchurch for secondary school students. The size, duration and timing of the conference will be up to the Organising Committee.

This conference will give students the opportunity to learn about the New Zealand Parliamentary  system by taking on the role of a Member of Parliament. It is envisaged that while the conference will be structured as a Model Parliament, the organising committee will need to ensure that the educational focus and value of the conference, and the experiences provided will be distinguishable from other similar conferences.

You must read the relevant application pack before applying:

Applications for Coordinator have now closed.

Applications for Organising Committee close  11.59pm, Monday 12 March 2018.

Applications for NZ Model Parliament 2018 Coordinator will be decided by the National Executive. Applications for the Organising Committee will be decided by the National Executive and the NZ Model Parliament 2018 Coordinator.

Applicants are typically shortlisted for telephone, Skype or in-person interviews. If the National Executive receives an insufficient number of applicants or does not receive applications of a sufficient quality, we reserve the right to extend or reopen applications for this role.

If there are any questions, please send an email to


Being the NZ Model Parliament Coordinator is an amazing opportunity for a number of reasons, some of which are detailed below:

Professional Development

Through this involvement with UN Youth, you will gain skills and experience that will benefit you no matter what your course of study is or future career goals are. You will be supported in this role and gain a lot from the expertise of other Volunteers you will work with.


The friends and social networks that Volunteers gain by being a part of UN Youth are a big part of what brings many people back. This role is a great opportunity to meet new, like-minded people or otherwise continue working with some of the incredible people you already know!


The role will be a great deal of work, but it is also very rewarding. You will have the opportunity to implement new initiatives, work with awesome people, and form great memories doing so.


If you have participated in UN Youth events in the past, you will know just how educational and transformative they can be. This role is a fantastic way to give back to the organisation and even if you have not been involved in UN Youth before, it is a way to contribute to the wider community through direct youth development.


Organising a national event is no small task. This role is a very unique and significant undertaking that will test the limits of what you are capable of – perfect for someone looking to extend or challenge themselves.

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