Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

Ash Holwell named Green candidate for Whangarei electorate

Community leader joins the Greens talented Team
Ash Holwell named Green candidate for Whangarei electorate.

Community leader and social innovator, Ash Holwell, joins the powerful and diverse chorus of young voices within the Green Party of Aotearoa for the 2017 election.

Ash has worked as an innovative community and cultural leader in Whangarei over the past four years since his return from a stint overseas. He has been a significant contributor to Whangarei’s renewal, helping to create Whare Bike; a professional thretre group, Company of Giants, with actor/director Laurel Devenie; and, a community centre ONEONESIX.

“The experience of living and working in communities that are struggling, because they aren’t being listened to, is a huge motivator for me in my work. Running with the Greens is a powerful extension of this passion, and I dream of enabling the communities that I know and love, to flourish with a new government that actually cares about them.”

Ash’s highly successful grass roots engagement has helped in the development of numerous opportunities for Whangarei, creating a consistent track record of establishing collaborative solutions that work. For example, about a year ago local theatre group, Company of Giants, took over the lease of the old church in Whangarei to create a vibrant community arts and performance centre, ONEONESIX. Over the past year, thousands have used ONEONESIX - it’s been filled with a range of diverse activities from community choirs to movement therapy for kids, community radio, Mau Rakau, and a range of theatre groups.

“Over the past four years, we’ve demonstrated that communities who share creatively really do improve their collective wellbeing and quality of life.” says Ash. “The skills and resources within our communities in Aotearoa are enormous. We just need leaders who are brave enough to trust and empower those communities to unleash their full potential.”

“So many elements of our nation have been ignored by those who we trusted so much in our Parliament. I expect more from the people we entrust to make decisions on our behalf, because the decisions that have been made over the past decades have tended to be only on behalf of a select few, and as a consequence, we are all missing out.”

Ash brings a strong arts and culture focus, holding a degree in Industrial Design, a Masters in Art and Science from Vienna, and a career which has seen him build works exhibited at some of the world’s largest art and design fairs (Design Miami/Basel, Milan Design Week). Ash also provides strong links to the innovative practices of art and design in the development of New Zealand as a leader in many sectors.

Having lived in the Netherlands, Austria, Poland, as well as Whangarei, Wellington and Auckland; played hockey for New Zealand; mentored projects for UNICEF; contracted to national waste innovators Rekindle; been awarded national arts commissions; having two Design Institute of New Zealand (DINZ) Best Awards; and having designed organisations and trust boards, Ash brings a wealth of experience to the Greens exciting and high-profile line-up.

Moea Armstrong and Jack Craw, the Whangarei Greens co-convenors, say “We are really pleased to have such an innovative and energetic Green candidate in Ash Holwell. He is the driving force behind many powerful initiatives in Whangarei, and there will be more to come. He is a creative, educated and experienced community-builder with core Green values. We are lucky to have him in the party.”

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Hope For Nature: A New Deal For The Commons

Joseph Cederwall on The Dig: The disruption and destruction of the interconnected biodiversity of Earth is the most serious challenge humanity has ever faced. It is devastating non-human life everywhere and disrupting vital “ecosystem services” like the food, water, and climate regulation systems humanity depends on.

It is increasingly clear that the primary underlying driver of this crisis is the limiting and infectious worldview around land and resource use central to the global capitalist system. To fully understand the biodiversity crisis and explore what comes next, it is necessary to address this mind-virus at the heart of our modern civilisation – the dominion worldview. More>>

 
 

SOP For Gun Bill: New Measures For Modified Pistols

The new controls will • Prohibit short-barrelled semi-automatic rifles which currently are defined as pistols because they are shorter than 762 millimetres. • Introduce tighter controls over pistol carbine conversion kits… • Prohibit firearms which contain a part known as a centrefire lower receiver… More>>

'Culturally Arranged Visitors Visa': Fix For Marriage Visa Issue

Earlier this year Immigration New Zealand issued guidance to front line Immigration staff that made it significantly harder for people to get visas to visit their partner. That guidance no longer applies with today’s announcement. More>>

ALSO:

Conflict Of Interest For Key Member: Budget Data Breach Investigation Shut Down

State Services Commissioner Peter Hughes has today terminated the investigation into how Budget-sensitive material was accessed at the Treasury and appointed a new inquirer. More>>

RNZ Report: Mysterious Foundation Loaning NZ First Money

A mysterious foundation that loans money to New Zealand First is under scrutiny, with a university law professor saying although it's lawful, it fails to provide the transparency voters need in a democracy. More>>

Justice: Criminal Cases Review Commission Established

“We’ve seen how our justice system can very occasionally get things spectacularly wrong, even with rights of appeals, and there needs to be a chance for the innocent on the right grounds to seek a final review of their case...” More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Why Sustainable NZ Isn't Self-Sustaining

Asking whether this new, environmentally focussed party can make the 5% MMP threshold may be the wrong question, though. It's more achievable goal would be to knock the Greens below the 5% threshold ... More>>

ALSO:

Report On Consultation: Future Of Tomorrow's Schools

“The 1989 Tomorrow’s Schools reform introduced one of world’s most devolved schooling systems where each school operates largely in isolation of each other... It empowered local communities and modernised an overly bureaucratic system but also led over time to uneven outcomes between schools.” More>>

ALSO:

National Education Doc:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels