Youth leaders rub shoulders with PM

By Genevieve Helliwell

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Two of Tauranga's young leaders felt like politicians when they were introduced to Prime Minister John Key yesterday.

The students' selection to represent Tauranga as members of the Youth Parliament started on a high note when they met Mr Key at a Mills Reef lunch meeting.

Tauranga Boys' College head boy Mungo Mason will represent MP Simon Bridges and Emily McCarthy, of Tauranga Girls' College, will speak on behalf of MP Tony Ryall at the Youth Parliament in July.

The pair were announced as the city's National youth representatives last week.

"He's really charismatic and seems like a really nice, genuine guy," Mr Mason said.

Asked whether politics was something he could pursue as a career, Mr Mason told the Bay of Plenty Times he would prefer to continue playing sport at a high level. He is a member of the college's XV rugby team, the Chiefs under-18 development team and is in the New Zealand Waterpolo Under 20 team.

As a Youth MP: "I'm really proud to be in this position and find out the opinions of my peers on central political issues and take that back to Parliament and share that in Cabinet. I'm not sure if politics is my career path but it's something I am interested to learn more about."

Mr Key's whirlwind visit to the Western Bay included a visit with a group of successful Tauranga Young Professionals, a Priority One visit and co-working space Ignition.

He also spent time with business representatives from 247 Cameron Rd, as well as the afternoon at Port of Tauranga and a private meeting at Classic Flyers.

- Bay of Plenty Times

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