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.
‘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.
Leading the polls, at the front and centre of the debate stage is Former Vice President Joe Biden, yet not everyone thinks he deserves to be there. Biden has a past history of racist voting records and endorsements which cannot be ignored, critics say.