Buller High produces three "MPs"

By Nicholas McBride
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Westport will have a loud voice at the Youth Parliament this year, with three Buller High School students selected as representatives.
Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei, whose electorate is Dunedin, last night named Danielle Lusk as her ‘Youth MP’, completing the trio after Green list MP Kevin Hague selected Georgina Lomax-Sawyers and West Coast-Tasman Labour MP Damien O’Connor picked Ashley Stuart. The only other West Coast Youth MP is Greymouth High School Year 13 student Ethan Hill, chosen by National Party list MP Chris Auchinvole.
Ms Turei said: “We’ve got a great team of passionate, switched-on Green Youth MPs and I’m proud to have Danielle as mine.”
Buller High School principal Andrew Basher was happy enough just to have two students selected, but was pleasantly surprised to hear a third had been picked from his school.
All three had strong views and that could be a link to a future career for some of them, he said.
“They all have a strong social conscience and I think that’s what endeared them to the MPs.”
The school’s history department had been heavily involved with model United Nations projects, which Mr Basher thought might have played a part in encouraging their students to pursue politics.
He said it would be a great opportunity for the students and would help broaden their horizons.
Youth Parliament takes place on July 16-17, which will see 121 Youth MPs go to Wellington to take part in select committees and debates in the House.