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Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean with Geraldine teenager Jackson Minnear, who has been chosen as Waitaki's Youth MP.

STAFF REPORTER

Geraldine teenager Jackson Minnear has been selected as this year’s Waitaki Youth MP.

Jackson will represent Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean in Parliament as the Youth MP in July, debating topical issues with other Youth MPs from throughout New Zealand.

Mrs Dean said she was delighted to have selected Jackson for this exciting and important role.

“The calibre of entries was incredibly high and made the decision to select one candidate incredibly hard, so everyone who submitted an application can feel suitably proud.”

“I’m confident Jackson will bring a strong presence to Youth Parliament as our Youth MP. He has a passion for community affairs, is heavily involved in the Geraldine community and enjoys working for others.

“He is a Civil Defence volunteer in his town and is currently working with the Timaru District Council to establish a new set of walking and running tracks around the Geraldine Domain to encourage community health and fitness.

“Jackson says he has received much from the Geraldine community and would now like to give back through the New Zealand Youth Parliament.

In July, Jackson will visit Wellington to participate in Parliament, debate various issues in select committees and attend caucus.

“I’m sure he will enjoy the experience and will offer a strong voice for the youth of the Waitaki electorate on a range of issues,” Mrs Dean said.