Pacific youth in Christchurch have created their own Parliament to debate issues of education, religion, health and gender equality in the hopes their views will be heard by MPs in Wellington.
In the 2014 general election barely more than three quarters of eligible voters cast a ballot (77 percent).
For younger people the results were worse, with fewer than two thirds of those under 30 voting.
Pacific people make up just over seven percent of New Zealand and are young - data from the 2013 census shows the median age for Pacific peoples is just 22, for the whole country it’s 38.
To join those stats together - young people are less likely to vote and Pasifika are more likely to be young.
So to encourage more young Pasifika to participate in politics the Pacific Youth Leadership and Transformation Council (PYLAT) held a Pacific Youth Parliament simulation (PYP) at St Bede's College in Christchurch.
One hundred young Pacific people stepped into the roles of Prime Minister, leader of the opposition, cabinet ministers and MPs to debate issues like abolishing Pacific scholarships, Parliamentary quotas for Pacific MPs, and reducing numbers of Pasifika in prison.
Their views will be turned into the PYP Our Movement Act 2017 which will be sent to the House of Representatives.