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.
Matthew lives in Nawton and works as a Disability Support Worker.
Matthew grew up in a low income household, that struggled each week living paycheck to paycheck. He grew up seeing domestic violence at home because of the stress of having little money. His mother currently works as a cleaner and his father and sister are unemployed.
With support from his teachers and extended family members, he was the first person in his family to successfully pass NCEA/School Certificate and gain university entrance. Matthew has been in and out of study, but decided to take a long term break, because his mental health/family issues were affecting his grades.
Matthew will be advocating on four main issues if elected: How council can help increase the supply of housing faster, keeping rate increases as low as possible, improving the management of our city assets and making sure Hamilton is an accessible city to live for all residents.
“If you want a future city councillor that will advocate and focus on housing, assets, affordable rates and an accessible city for all then #votesmallthinkbig.”
- Matthew Small
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