"I am not willing to sit back and let others dictate the path forward without being a part of the conversation."

Alex | Broadcasting School Graduate | Levin

It’s fair to say, that for many years, I’ve taken my right to vote for granted. Sure, I’ve voted in every general election and referendum since turning 18.  However, in previous years I’ve gone through the motions to a certain extent, participating without engaging.

Not this year.

After being in the United Kingdom during last year’s Brexit referendum and observing the level of influence the older generation had in that result, I became increasingly frustrated with the inaction and ineffectiveness of me and my peers. They should have been the most powerful group of voters, yet the British youth sat back and let their grandparents make the decision that will have the biggest impact on their future.

Now upon returning to New Zealand and gaining a better understanding of the huge challenges we face here - child poverty, a housing crisis and continuing deterioration of the environment (that we once bragged to the world was “100% Pure”) - I am not willing to sit back and let others dictate the path forward without being a part of the conversation.

And nor should you be.

It’s fair to say that in this and previous campaigns, New Zealand parties have overlooked our generation when setting policies and messaging. Let’s stand up this year and show that we have power as a voting block and that we won’t be dismissed again.

 

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Author: Jessica Reeves