There are certainly few teenagers in Aotearoa who can tell a story of skipping school just to hear a politician speak. Likely none of those few would have that politician be the 75-year-old leader of New Zealand First, Winston Peters.
Keeping the Green Party vibrant is a thriving youth wing, who are constantly advocating for a progressive policy agenda. Tessa Webb had the pleasure of zooming with conveners Matariki Roche and Danielle Marks to yarn about accessibility, policy, and making change in a system that you want to deconstruct.
For Young Labour’s Adam Brand, Labour is “in my blood”. From a working class family, he joined Labour through a union and has stars tattooed on his right forearm. After being serenaded by Kiwi classic Fred Dagg’s ‘We don't know how lucky we are’, Adam’s pick for song of the election, we chatted over Zoom and reflected on lockdown.
He enjoys video games.
He lives in a shoddy student flat.
He used to scrape grease out of the fryers at McDonald’s
He is also president of the youth wing of the ACT Party, number 50 on ACT’s party list, and a candidate for Auckland Central – going up against the big names of the Greens' Chloë Swarbrick and Labour’s Helen White.
Māori incarceration runs deep in New Zealand history but two university professors say taking a tikanga approach to criminal justice could break the racist system that traps Māori in generational cycles of imprisonment.
Tearaway’s future is in safe hands as it’s publishership is officially handed over to a new owner this week.
Long-time music columnist Erica McQueen broke the news to contributors that she would be taking on both publishing and editing responsibilities, last Monday — taking the magazine into its 35th year of publication.
While it is understandable in this current climate that the [remembrance ceremony] was cancelled, we wanted to take the time to acknowledge what happened on March 15th, 2019, and that we have not forgotten the values we pledged to uphold one year ago.
‘One of the most significant democratic processes in New Zealand’ and one which arguably affects New Zealand youth more than any other election, has been ignored by four-fifths of electors. This as the government presses forward with significant reforms to the sector.