Today is your last day to vote if you haven’t enrolled yet – and it’s easy! If you just turned 18 recently and haven’t enrolled yet, or for any other reason you’re not enrolled, it’s not too late. All you need to take with you is some ID, like a driver’s license, and you can enrol and vote on the spot! But you can only do this today, not tomorrow. If you are already enrolled, tomorrow is the voting day and it’s your last chance to vote in this year’s election. Here is a list of voting locations for both today and tomorrow: Information for voters: the who, when and where
Your vote is worth exactly the same as anyone else’s, so your vote is tied for first place as the MOST important vote in this election! Check out this neat comic about how important your vote is: The most valuable vote in New Zealand
And I know it can be so tricky to know who to vote for. Sometimes party policies are hidden under layers of publicity and personalities, and it can all get a bit confusing. But there are some great (and fun!) tools to help you work out who to vote for. On The Fence and Vote Compass are two tools which quiz you on what is most important to you, and they will tell you which parties most align with your own views. You might be surprised at the results!
There is another interesting website called Ask Away which allows you to submit questions you want MPs to answer, then the MPs from different parties answer the questions so that you can see which party/parties you most agree with the answers to. And best of all, On The Fence and Ask Away were both created by design students from Massey University! Here is a neat interview with the designers: Getting voters off the fence
So what are you waiting for? Go on and get off the fence and vote!
Do you want to share your views on the direction of Wellington? To get involved in the planning and development of Council services? Joining the Wellington City Youth Council can give you the chance to advise the Wellington City Council on issues that affect the city’s youth.
Keen? Members must be between 12-24 years of age, live inside Wellington City Council’s boundaries and be willing to come to meetings at WCC, 4.00-5.30pm every 2nd Wednesday. For more information and an online application form, look here. Applications must be submitted by Jan 31st.
You can also connect with the Youth Council on Facebook and share your ideas and views that way as well!
Youth Parliament 2010 is beginning in July. To become a youth parliamentarian you must be selected by your local MP, or you could enter this competition being run by MP Phil Twyford. Youth Parliament can influence NZ policy and members learn allllll about government procedure and democracy.
Also, you can join the Youth Press Gallery to report on the Youth Parliamentarians. You must be a youth!
From Georgie and Waylon in the Council’s Youth Team …
Wellington City Council are proud to announce the details of our annual Youth Forum: ENGAGE. On Friday 1 May 2009: 9.30am – 3.30pm at the council chamber at the Town Hall, Wakefield St.
ENGAGE will give you an opportunity to:
· Learn about Wellington City Council, the draft Long Term Community Council Plan (LTCCP), how the City is planning for the next 10 years and how young people can have their voices heard
· Meet City Councillors, youth advisors and the Wellington Youth Council
· Meet and talk about the city with other young people from Wellington
They would like as many young people to be a part of this forum as possible and are keen to have a diverse range of ethnic, academic, and cultural backgrounds present.
If you are aged 12-24 and want to take part then all you need to do is contact Waylon (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Georgie (email@example.com) in the Youth Team at Council by 5pm Thursday 23 April. They are totally keen to ensure that as many of you as possible are informed about how you can be involved and have a say on planning for your city. They can even help you get permission to get out of school for the day.
Oh, and food and drinks will be provided. What more do you need?
ThinkB4YouSpeak.com is an American campaign that encourages teens to think about their use of language; homophobic remarks like “that’s so gay”, while usually unintentionally offensive, can be pretty damaging. Although designed for U.S. schools, the aim of the campaign is pretty international, and the TV adverts are very funny.
You can join up here.
Shameless is a Canadian magazine for young women. It offers a ‘fresh alternative to typical teen magazines, for girls who know there’s more to life than makeup and diet tips.’ It’s unavailable here, but luckily they have an excellent blog. And in the latest issue there is an article about the two New Zealander girls who took on a corporate giant and won – at the age of 14!
The Wellington City Council is looking for interested young people between 12 and 24 to join the Youth Council. This is an advisory group to the WCC who meet regularly and work across and with the many works areas of the Council. The closing date for applications is 5pm on 12th September 2007.
There’s a flyer on the Wellington Youth Network wiki and there is also an application form on the same page. Please contact Bessie Fepulea’I (04 801 3178) or Mark Farrar (04 803 8525) at Wellington City Council for information, or if you want a hard copy of the application form or flyers mailed to you.