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Disrupt And Mobilize to Advance the Cause of Young Kiwis

Disrupt And Mobilize to Advance the Cause of Young Kiwis

Basketball, street dance and hip-hop events staged during in the two-week advance voting period in the lead-up to the general election is how Internet MANA plans to get more young Kiwis out to vote.

Internet MANA youth and Pasifika ambassador Bill Urale – better known as APRA award-winning hip-hop artist King Kapisi – will be running two major events under the alliance’s Disrupt and Mobilize banners.

Focusing on south and west Auckland, Disrupt and Mobilize will engage young people by connecting the political with the cultural. Encouraging young people to exercise their democratic right by voting was key, said Urale, with the Disrupt and Mobilize campaigns aimed at bringing about a change of government.

“It’s time to disrupt the political status quo and mobilise the masses. It’s time for change. Everyone I talk to is sick of feeling like our communities aren’t being listened to. With Internet MANA, I’m going to do something about that.

“We’re putting together some incredible events out in south and west Auckland. There’ll be b-ball, breaking, music and heaps more, with Otara and central Henderson as our hubs.”

Urale’s aim is to get young people – particularly those in south and west Auckland – to the polling booths, starting with the two-week period when advance voting begins on September 6 through to general election day on September 20.

“My kaupapa is all about getting our people – you, me, our whanau, our friends, our neighbours, all of us – out of our houses and down to the polling booths. It only comes around every three years and we can't afford to lose this chance.

“It's time to do this – disrupt the system and mobilise the masses.”


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