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Manurewa Youth will be asking hard questions this election

Published: Wed 21 Aug 2013 02:12 PM
21st August 2013
Manurewa Youth will be asking the hard questions this election
The Manurewa Youth Council is inviting all Manurewa youth to a forum next weekend to engage with candidates in the local body elections. The Manurewa Youth Council believes it is important that youth are engaged in civic matters and want to make politicians aware of issues from a young person perspective.
“Youth will be able to make candidates aware of how they see the issues are in Manurewa and influence solutions that the people in power can implement,” says Manurewa Youth Council member Matthew Ward.
“This is a very important time for youth as they have the opportunity to put youth issues at the front of this elections and make it an important area that candidates need to focus on.”
“Youth issues and perspective don’t get enough exposure around elections due to their historically low enrolment and voter turnout” Mr. Ward continues.
“Young people are affected by many issues discussed during the campaign from transport, to parks and recreation, they must therefore be educated on who they are voting for rather than ticking the first box.”
“We would hope every candidate running for the Manurewa Local Board and Councillor will attend this event along with the possibility of some mayoral candidates,” says Deputy Chairperson, Ashleigh Fata-Colcord.
“It will give them the chance to show youth why they deserve their vote come 12th October”
The forum will be held at Nathan Homestead on Saturday 31st August from 1pm to 4pm. Refreshments will be provided.
“We want this forum to set the trend for the remainder of the campaign” concludes Miss Fata-Colcord.
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