Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Politics doesn't have to be about old people in suits

Politics doesn't have to be about a bunch of old people in suits


Singer Lorde’s message to first time voters to have their say has been enthusiastically backed by Palmerston North City Council.

“Politics doesn't have to be about a bunch of old people in suits, talking about issues that aren't relevant to youth,” Lorde said.

In the 2011 election 42 per cent of 18-24 year-olds did not vote - compared with just 5.2 per cent of those over 65 and we are determined to change that outcome.

The council is backing Lorde’s message and has organised a number of ways of encouraging people to get out and vote on 20 September.

One is a blackboard initiative, “Before I vote I would like to know?” for people to post their questions and comments.

The black boards will go up at Community Living Rooms:
· Roslyn Library

· Te Pātikiki Library

· Ashhurst Library

· Awapuni Library


On Saturday 30 August the Mobile Library will visit Hokowhitu Shopping Centre, Highbury Shopping Centre and Celaeno Park in Kelvin Grove.
“With an average age of 33 we are one of the youngest cities in Aotearoa and traditionally young people haven’t exercised their right to vote. This project, while small, is aimed at lifting the profile of voting, of questioning your politicians and of getting involved,” said Cathy McCartney, manager community engagement.

“We heard Lorde when she said politics doesn't have to be about a bunch of old people in suits, talking about issues that aren't relevant to youth. The black boards and the community meeting are deliberately aimed at under 30s.”

All you need to do is pop your questions on a blackboard and we’ll get politicians to face-up and answer those questions in a public forum in the Living Room of City on Thursday 11 September at midday.

“We’re also very supportive of other initiatives aimed at young and first-time voters, such as apps designed by Massey University’s Design for Democracy groups, AskAway and On the Fence.”

Cathy McCartney says the initiative is wider than just the coming general election. A cross-Council team will focus on increasing voter participation in both local and national elections over the next two years.

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell:
On Anne Tolley’s
Callous Folly

Years ago, I remember someone in the Heath Ministry telling me off the record that regulatory oversight in this country largely consisted in ‘waiting for something to turn green or fall off somebody’ before the authorities would swing into action...

Last week’s conflict between Social Development Minister Anne Tolley and District Court judge Carolyn Henwood illustrated quite a few of the flaws in the system. More>>

 

Members’ Bills: Greens' Domestic Violence And Loans Bills Pulled From Ballot

Jan Logie’s Domestic Violence-Victims' Protection Bill introduces workplace protections for victims of domestic violence, including allowing victims to request paid domestic violence leave for up to 10 days... Gareth Hughes’ Bill allows Kiwis with student loans to defer their student loan repayments into a first home savings scheme. More>>

ALSO:

IPCA: Police Did Not 'Deliberately' Use Pepper Spray On 10-Year-Old

"When spraying the man, the officer did not properly consider the necessity of using pepper spray in a confined space, the likelihood that it would affect the other innocent passengers or the fact that he was using a more powerful spray." More>>

ALSO:

Donor Bill Passes: Full Income Compensation For Live Organ Donors

Unanimous cross-party support for the Compensation for Live Organ Donors Bill represents a critical step in reducing the burgeoning waiting list for kidney donations, according to Kidney Health New Zealand chief executive Max Reid. More>>

ALSO:

Earthquake Response: Emergency Legislation Prepared

Three new Bills have been drafted in the wake of the magnitude 7.8 earthquake on November 14 to ensure the government can enable affected communities to respond quickly and efficiently. More>>

ALSO:

Housing MPs: New Building(s) For Parliament

A new building will be erected on Parliament grounds to house Members of Parliament and their staff who currently work in leased accommodation in Bowen House. The plan has cross-Party support, apart from NZ First, said Parliament’s Speaker, Rt Hon David Carter. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news