‘Paper’ Matt Shea is a 28-year old entrepreneur running for Hamilton City Council’s West Ward.
Kesh Naidoo-Rauf is a mum, a wife, a community pharmacist, business owner running for Hamilton City Council’s East Ward in 2019.
With years of youth-focused engagement behind her, Sheryl Matenga is running for Waikato District Council’s Huntly Ward.
A community lawyer and environmental activist, Sarah Thomson is running for Hamilton City Council’s West Ward in 2019 to advocate for sustainable growth.
With experience in educational psychology, social entrepreneurship, and game development, Tim Young is rolling for Hamilton City Council to bring scientific literacy, urgency and 'A Young perspective'.
Cassidy Temese is campaigning to advocate and influence positive outcomes for all through the Waipā District Council.
Matthew Small is running for Hamilton City Council’s West Ward in 2019 to advocate for accessibility, rates management, and housing.
Kawena Jones is a young, highly-skilled, passionate Maori from Whatawhata, and candidate for Councillor of the Newcastle Ward.
Louise Hutt is a CEO, sustainability advocate, and creative who’s running for Mayor and Hamilton West in Hamilton City this election.
Dan Armstrong is committed to leading rural communities through change and upcoming challenges, so he’s running for Waikato Regional Council’s Waipa-King Country constituency.
To be the upholders of expression is to fight the good fight, to safeguard the revolutionary act of being creative, to ensure that the message we are communicating to the world is one that will push us towards a future that we have all had a hand in creating.
In April, I had the privilege to attend RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards), which is a leadership development programme for emerging leaders. Reflecting on my adventure almost three months later, there are three main learnings that I want to share with you: Teamwork. Inspiration. Self-Awareness.
We can ride out what comes our way
and rest in the moments
when we make it through.
Rock bottom tends to provide one of two outcomes; quitting or persevering. We are interested in the persevering, in seeing rock bottom as a springboard in disguise.
Every day, it’s the same routine: wake up, prepare breakfast, take a shower, go to the office, come back in the evening, workout, make dinner, work on projects, spend time with family or friends, and finally (after a long exhausting day) go to sleep. Does this sound familiar to you?
Who am I? Where do I come from? Why do I look this way? These are questions we ask ourselves.
It is okay to let it go. It is okay
If it feels like a layer of skin that you need to wiggle out of
A layer keeping you small.
Shed it. Make space.
I challenge you, when opportunity comes knocking, when something catches your attention, even for just a moment, lean in to it. Feel the discomfort of something new and start anyway. In our passion we must find the courage to start something.
There’s a sense of liberation that comes with embracing your “failures”. Just say it out loud, and breathe. Acknowledge it, and the impact that it has had an you as a person. See it as another stroke on your canvas, a page in your book, or a stitch on your shirt.
I can see your light. You shine. But can you? Explore that. Where is it hiding?