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Newly 18? Not 18 yet but want to know more about the election?

Hello to the newly 18-year-olds (and anyone else) who wants to know a bit more about the upcoming election…

2020 is an ELECTION year for Aotearoa/New Zealand! The election is on SATURDAY THE 17th OF OCTOBER.

Voting in the election is one of the main ways that you as a person who lives in Aotearoa/NZ get to have your say about what happens in your country. Everyone has different priorities, backgrounds, beliefs and opinions which inform how they vote in the election.

This year as well as voting in the General Election you get the chance to have your say on two REFERENDUMS, the Cannabis Legalisation and Control referendum and the End of Life Choice referendum. You get to have your say on these at the same time as you cast your vote in the General Election.

It can be really exciting voting in your first election but it can also be kind of daunting. The best thing you can do for yourself, so that you know that you’re making a vote that aligns with the things that are important to you, and for the wider community by making an informed vote, is to get some information about the POLICY each of the political parties is putting forward. A good place to start can be going to each of the parties official websites and reading through their policy section, this is a good way to gauge what each party stands for and what ideas they each have about Aotearoa/NZ’s future.

Make sure you also put some time and thought into learning more about the referendums and reading through them. There are some great resources that outline what these referendums mean in straight forward terms and answer some common questions about them.

Make sure you’re ENROLLED TO VOTE, KNOW WHAT YOUR ELECTORATE IS (what region of the country you are voting in),  KNOW WHERE YOUR LOCAL VOTING PLACE IS and have done some solid information-seeking so you’re ready to cast your vote on the day!

For bonus credit, if you’re 17, you can actually fill out an enrolment form now, and then the moment you turn 18, you’ll automatically be added to the electoral roll. Find out how here!

Vote.nz or Elections.nz are key places to get information

https://vote.nz/

https://elections.nz/

Information on Both Referendums

https://www.referendums.govt.nz/

Don’t forget to vote!

Vote in ballot boxToday 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!

Wellington Youth Council

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!

Wellington City Youth Council

Three young people are needed for the 2011 Wellington City Youth Council. Could you be one of them? Read about it and apply here.

Yes, Youth Minister

youth-parliament-logoYouth 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!

There could be a lot of cake involved…

 

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 (waylon.edwards@wcc.govt.nz) or Georgie (georgina.rhoades@wcc.govt.nz) 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?

Say Something Original

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.

Respect my authority

Aotearoa Youth Voices is seeking advocates for the Provoke Network. Advocates will

  • be able to participate in fun and creative workshops to brainstorm projects and strategies
  • receive monthly email newsletters with information and opportunities in youth participation in decision making
  • get email updates on hot youth topics
  • be able to get your voice heard and discuss with other young people important youth issues through online discussion forums
  • have the opportunity to have your say and give input to Government decision making.

You can join up here.

Shameless!

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!

How to win friends and influence people

Source: Wikipedia CommonsThe 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.