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The 121 chosen young Kiwis will take their views and those of their peers to Parliament where they’ll have the opportunity to debate legislation, sit on select commit- tees, and ask questions of Cabinet Ministers. The MP for Botany, Jami-Lee Ross, is holding a speech competi- tion to determine who’ll represent the electorate. “I wanted to come up with a selection process that’s as authen- tic as possible,” he told the Times. “When you put up your hand to be an MP, in my party at least, you have to stand up, speak, answer a question, and the audience votes.” The six secondary schools in the electorate – Elim Christian, Sancta Maria, Howick, Botany Downs Secondary, Kia Aroha and Tan- garoa Colleges – have each nomi- nated contestants who’ll pit their political wits against each other. “It’ll be a good experience and give the winner a mandate to be the Botany Youth MP,” says Mr Ross. “It’ll also be good to see the tal- ent coming out of Botany schools.” The speech competition is being held on Monday, March 25, at Pakuranga Golf Club. The speech topic is: Why is a free and democratic society important to young New Zealanders? It was given to entrants a fort- night out from the contest. “I want them to think about the values New Zealanders and young people have when considering their country and the democratic process.” Candidates can speak for up to seven minutes, and at the conclu- sion will be given two minutes to answer a question on civic partici- pation pulled from a hat. Youth education officer for Counties Manukau East police, senior constable Adele White, the Howick Local Board deputy-chair, is the master of ceremonies. Each person in the audience will then cast a vote to elect the Youth MP for Botany. To ensure a fair process, each school is given just 15 tickets for supporters, staff and family mem- bers, with the remaining votes going to service clubs and sponsor organisations. “For young people who are politically-minded and interested in civic leadership, youth parlia- ment is a serious matter and quite competitive. “It’s apolitical and has cross- party support. It’s a parliamentary initiative and about all the views of young New Zealanders,” says Mr Ross. The winner will spend two days in Wellington in July attending the Youth Parliament, as well as $500, with $300 for the second place getter and $200 for third. Young performers from Uxbridge, Howick’s creative cen- tre, are providing entertainment prior to the speeches and during voting. Seeking a youth mandate “I want them to think about the values New Zealanders and young people have when considering their country and the democratic process.” – Jami-Lee Ross, MP for Botany F ➤ romPage1 “We want to provide an opportunity for people to see them in a full concert. This promises to be a great afternoon out.” The Eno Sisters, who all live in Howick, say their upcoming show is for people of all ages and musical tastes. Mrs Banks says they consider themselves to be the next generation on from the North American close harmony group, The Andrews Sisters. “We love all the numbers The Andrews Sisters sing and have a large repertoire of about 60 songs,” she says. “We just pick out songs we really love, whether they’re by Vera Lynn or Dean Martin. “It’s about the sentimentality of the era, but it’s very much our own show.” The Eno Sisters will perform about 26 songs over the course of their two-hour Howick concert. They were most recently seen in action at the Howick Lions in the Park and Military Tattoo event, at Lloyd Elsmore Park on February 24. Mrs Lucas says it’s been great over the years to introduce their style of music to younger generations. Part of the reason they’re so popular with mainly older music lovers is the nostalgia they bring to each show. “Even though it’s from before their era, a lot of people still love it,” Mrs Lucas says. “You go onto the internet and sometimes see a 16-year-old asking, ‘why don’t we have these cool songs now?’ We’re keeping these songs alive.” The Eno Sisters deliver their music concert at the public arts centre at 35 Uxbridge Road, Howick, from 2-4pm on March 24. Tickets cost $8 and to book, phone 535-6467. Singing for all musical tastes Police bust thieves of 30 vehicles By CHRIS HARROWELL THE Counties Manukau Police organised crime team has arrested and charged six people with stealing motor vehicles worth a total of more than $300,000. Police investigators allege that the five men and one woman, aged 16-42, stole more than 30 vehicles, including nine from in Flat Bush, four from East Tamaki and five in Pakuranga. Those charged were arrested at five different properties across the Counties Manukau Police district last Thursday. Counties Manukau Police crime manager Dave Lynch says: “The six offenders are participants of an organised crime group. “From October 1 last year to February 7, 38 Toyota Hiace vans have been stolen with none recovered so far. The group is charged with stealing 27 of those unrecovered Toyota Hiace vans, with further charges likely,” says Mr Lynch. The six alleged offenders are also charged with stealing 12 cars. The group’s members appeared in the Manukau District Court last Friday. One of them, a 42-year-old man, was remanded in custody, while the others were bailed to reappear in the court on April 3. Counties Manukau Police advise local motor vehicle owners to take their own steps to reduce the chances of them being targeted by thieves. The precautions include removing valuables from inside vehicles and locking them, ensuring they have an alarm system, using a steering wheel lock, and parking off the road or in a well-lit area. People with information on the activities of the alleged crime group charged with stealing motor vehicles can phone Counties Manukau Police on 261- 1300, or the free Crimestoppers tip-off line on 0800-555 -111.
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