Regions like Waikato that have a high proportion of young people often have low turnout. Seed Waikato released results showing two in five Waikato young people did not know how to vote, and eight out of ten felt disconnected from their council.
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Two in five Waikato young people don't know how to cast a vote in the upcoming local body elections, and eight out of 10 feel disconnected from their council. The statistics are revealed in a survey of 283 young people aged 15-35 by Waikato-based youth charity Seed Waikato.
"Young people are making their voice louder and louder about the things they care about, and seeing leaders stand up about the things they care about is really motivating."
“Currently, young people are marginalised, especially when it comes to political discussions, even though we have ideas that we’d like to contribute,” says Rinu Vimal, Chief Doer of Things of Seed Waikato.
Gemma Major, our Co-founder and Chair spoke with Karyn Hay from Radio New Zealand about our last event for 2018, Dreamshop: Tautuhi Ano.
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“In the previous general election, 30 per cent of young people that could vote, didn’t. Why does my generation believe voting is a choice, rather than a responsibility as a citizen of Aotearoa?” Co-founder and Chair of Seed Waikato, Gemma Major asked.
"This event was all about increasing youth engagement with politics,” Gemma says. “We were so stoked the event was a healthy debate, and that we had a diverse representation of political parties present. We touched on the environment, abortion, mental health, equality, education, and student allowance.”
“Lack of youth representation in local and central government was discussed, and as a community, we need to advocate and empower young people to put themselves forward.
“In the previous general election, 30 per cent of young people that could vote, didn’t. Why does my generation believe voting is a choice, rather than a responsibility as a citizen of Aotearoa?” asks Co-founder and Chair of Seed Waikato, Gemma Major.
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“The unique attributes of millennials put them in a great position to be the drivers of social, cultural, economic and social outcomes,” says Chair of Seed Waikato, Gemma Major.
Our Co-founder Gemma Major sat down to talk with Tony Stevens from the Young Workers Resource Centre all about millennials, and meaningful work.
“We often hear that young people are 'purpose-driven' but struggle to find an intersection of their values with meaningful work,” says Chair of Seed Waikato, Gemma Major.
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The event, held at Zeal Hamilton, was spearheaded by a group of millennials passionate about co-creating a better tomorrow and determined to break the silence around these taboo subjects.