Students invited to have their say in panel discussion
Students invited to have their say in interactive Vote Auckland panel discussion
Today Auckland Council is holding an interactive “Vote. Don’t” panel discussion aimed at educating students of the importance of having a say by voting in the current local elections.
A diverse group of young Aucklanders, including popular stand-up comedian, Guy Williams, exiting Cr. Michael Goudie and 2013 Women of Influence category finalist, Nive Sharat Chandran, will represent the panel. The event will be informal and “town hall” in style. The Council hopes that good audience and panellist discussion will be generated around relevant youth issues - and how voting can affect what matters most to the student audience.
Auckland Council spokesperson, Glyn Walters, says, “When it comes to local elections, historically younger voter numbers have been quite low”. Currently overall voting numbers for Auckland are also low, especially compared to other regions such as Wellington and Christchurch.
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There are only 6 days left to post in your vote - ballots close on Saturday October 12th. Visit the online Vote Auckland hub to find out more information about the local elections www.voteauckland.co.nz.
Members of the student public are welcome to attend the public discussion, which will begin at 12pm today at AUT in the Sir Paul Reeves Building - Conference Room - Taiwhanga HUI WA224A.
Guy Williams: Stand-up comedian, TV personality and political science graduate
Nive Sharat Chandran: Finalist in the women of influence awards 2013, Vice-President of Auckland’s YWCA and youth coordinator and advocate for Shaki Legal Advocacy and Family Services
Ryan Mearns: Urban planning student and member of Generation Zero - a youth-led climate change awareness organisation
Cr Michael Goudie: Elected at just 22. Exiting Rodney District Councillor and Albany ward representative
Madison Hughes: First year communications/business student at AUT and first time voter