This blog is part of a series of blogs profiling all candidates standing for Councils across the region who are 35 or under as we aim to increase youth engagement in local politics. Seed Waikato is non-partisan.
Kawena Jones, a young, highly-skilled, passionate Maori from Whatawhata, and candidate for Councillor of the Newcastle Ward.
Co-founder of Taurikura NZ, a social-enterprise which focusses on driving cultural sustainability and employment best-practice models in industry, a Board Member of Te Ahurei a Rangatahi Trust, a youth development organisation who provides peer education programmes to young people around the areas of health and sexual health, and club-captain of the Whatawhata Country Tennis Club.
Having worked in the public (iwi) sector for over six (6) years and a background in rangatahi (youth) development, Kawena is particularly passionate about education and employment outcomes, community engagement, economic development and environmental sustainability.
“We want a community that is thriving, a community that experiences what it is to feel included, engaged and where our voice and opinions are being heard, a community full of meaningful and sustainable opportunities, a community that is future-focussed with solid infrastructure, a community with a strong identity who will share our narratives and stories to the world, and a resilient community who embrace challenges and tackles them head on.”
- Kawena Jones