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Let's give a sh*t about local politics

  • Chartwell Room, Hamilton Gardens Hungerford Crescent Hamilton, Waikato, 3216 New Zealand (map)

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Let’s give a sh*t about local politics!

There’s an election coming up this October that will determine the future of our city and our region for the next few years. Don’t really know what it’s all about?

That’s why we’re here to help you #adult, demystifying everything you need to know about the local elections this year, and why you should give a sh*t. Plus we’re asking the hard-hitting questions to all the young candidates running for elections across the region, Cards Against Humanity style.

With live entertainment!

This is a free event, and you need to register to attend via the form above.


Dan Armstrong | Waikato Regional Council | Waipā-King Country

Dan decided to stand as he realised that we require young voices dedicated to rural communities, who have a background in helping people and the willingness to get things done.  Dan is eager to provide a loud voice in the push for combating climate change in the Waikato, and Aotearoa New Zealand. The threat to our lives isn’t limited to the future; parts of the Waipā and King Country area are already experiencing increased erosion and flooding with droughts becoming more frequent. These are real problems needing real leadership.  The people, communities, and environment of the Waipā – King Country area deserve a representative listen will listen and support them.

Dan decided to stand as he realised that we require young voices dedicated to rural communities, who have a background in helping people and the willingness to get things done.

Dan is eager to provide a loud voice in the push for combating climate change in the Waikato, and Aotearoa New Zealand. The threat to our lives isn’t limited to the future; parts of the Waipā and King Country area are already experiencing increased erosion and flooding with droughts becoming more frequent. These are real problems needing real leadership.

The people, communities, and environment of the Waipā – King Country area deserve a representative listen will listen and support them.


Louise Hutt | Hamilton City Council | Mayor and Hamilton West

Our millennial mayoral candidate is so much more than her age. Louise Hutt is the youngest CEO of an electricity company in New Zealand, a board member of local sustainability charity Go Eco, an award-winning creative who recently graduated with her Master's in Media and Creative Technologies, and one of Hamilton City Council's 30-Under-30. She works at the crossroads of technology, social enterprise, media, and sustainability every day, and having experienced our housing, poverty, and mental health epidemics first hand - she understands the reality we face right now, as well as the potential we have for the future.

Our millennial mayoral candidate is so much more than her age. Louise Hutt is the youngest CEO of an electricity company in New Zealand, a board member of local sustainability charity Go Eco, an award-winning creative who recently graduated with her Master's in Media and Creative Technologies, and one of Hamilton City Council's 30-Under-30. She works at the crossroads of technology, social enterprise, media, and sustainability every day, and having experienced our housing, poverty, and mental health epidemics first hand - she understands the reality we face right now, as well as the potential we have for the future.


Kawena Jones | Waikato District Council | Newcastle Ward

Kawena Jones is a young, highly-skilled, passionate Māori from Whatawhata.  He is co-founder of Taurikura NZ, a social-enterprise which focusses on driving cultural sustainability and employment best-practice models in industry, and a Board Member of Te Ahurei a Rangatahi Trust, a youth development organisation who provides peer education health programmes to young people.  Having worked in the public (iwi) sector for over six years and a background in rangatahi (youth) development, Kawena is particularly passionate about education and employment outcomes, community engagement, economic development and environmental sustainability. He is running for council to create a thriving, inclusive, and future-focussed community that embraces challenges and tackles them head on.

Kawena Jones is a young, highly-skilled, passionate Māori from Whatawhata.

He is co-founder of Taurikura NZ, a social-enterprise which focusses on driving cultural sustainability and employment best-practice models in industry, and a Board Member of Te Ahurei a Rangatahi Trust, a youth development organisation who provides peer education health programmes to young people.

Having worked in the public (iwi) sector for over six years and a background in rangatahi (youth) development, Kawena is particularly passionate about education and employment outcomes, community engagement, economic development and environmental sustainability. He is running for council to create a thriving, inclusive, and future-focussed community that embraces challenges and tackles them head on.


Kesh is a mum, a wife, a community pharmacist, business owner and an ethnically diverse, sensible, practical young woman living in the beautiful city of Hamilton. She lives in the suburb of Enderley, and co-own busy and successful pharmacy businesses in Rototuna and Te Rapa. She is South African by birth, Indian by ethnicity, Fijian-Indian-Muslim by marriage and has a 100% Kiwi can-do attitude. She wants sustainability measures to be a way of life, social inclusion to be the norm, mental and physical health and wellbeing to be a priority for the rich and poor and the most vulnerable communities being offered an equal opportunity to thrive.

Kesh is a mum, a wife, a community pharmacist, business owner and an ethnically diverse, sensible, practical young woman living in the beautiful city of Hamilton. She lives in the suburb of Enderley, and co-own busy and successful pharmacy businesses in Rototuna and Te Rapa. She is South African by birth, Indian by ethnicity, Fijian-Indian-Muslim by marriage and has a 100% Kiwi can-do attitude. She wants sustainability measures to be a way of life, social inclusion to be the norm, mental and physical health and wellbeing to be a priority for the rich and poor and the most vulnerable communities being offered an equal opportunity to thrive.


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.  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.

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.

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.


Cassidy Temese | Waipā District Council | Te Awamutu Ward

Cassidy is a passionate and motivated young leader within the youth and community development sectors of the Waikato. Born and raised rural, Cassidy has a wealth of knowledge and lived experiences within his community, and is campaigning to advocate and influence positive outcomes for all through the Waipā District Council. Cassidy connects ancestrally to Tainui waka, and draws on his whakapapa for strength, guidance and inspiration when advocating with his communities for transformative change.

Cassidy is a passionate and motivated young leader within the youth and community development sectors of the Waikato. Born and raised rural, Cassidy has a wealth of knowledge and lived experiences within his community, and is campaigning to advocate and influence positive outcomes for all through the Waipā District Council. Cassidy connects ancestrally to Tainui waka, and draws on his whakapapa for strength, guidance and inspiration when advocating with his communities for transformative change.


Sarah is a community lawyer. She grew up in Hamilton, going to Fairfield College and later studying at the University of Waikato. In 2017, concerned about the unequal burden that the climate crisis is putting on younger generations, she took the government to court for its lack of climate action.  Sarah wants Hamilton to take bold action on climate change; make it safer and easier for people to get around on foot, bike and public transport; and create a long-term housing plan for Hamilton with a focus on affordability and sustainability. She’s also passionate about making our democracy more inclusive.

Sarah is a community lawyer. She grew up in Hamilton, going to Fairfield College and later studying at the University of Waikato. In 2017, concerned about the unequal burden that the climate crisis is putting on younger generations, she took the government to court for its lack of climate action.

Sarah wants Hamilton to take bold action on climate change; make it safer and easier for people to get around on foot, bike and public transport; and create a long-term housing plan for Hamilton with a focus on affordability and sustainability. She’s also passionate about making our democracy more inclusive.


With experience in educational psychology, social entrepreneurship, and game development, Tim is rolling for Hamilton City Council to bring scientific literacy, urgency and 'A Young perspective'.  Tim is experienced in educational psychology and game development. Trained with a Master of Science in Psychology and PGCertEdPsych from Massey University, Tim has used his skills to develop an educational video game, a youth innovation challenge, the NZ curriculum review, and give motivational speeches at schools. Tim's educational video game, Rocket Island, is available to download on Google Play Store and Steam. He is now running for Hamilton City Council with policies to transition to green technologies, prepare the city for disruptive technologies, and increase accessibility for the aging population.

With experience in educational psychology, social entrepreneurship, and game development, Tim is rolling for Hamilton City Council to bring scientific literacy, urgency and 'A Young perspective'.

Tim is experienced in educational psychology and game development. Trained with a Master of Science in Psychology and PGCertEdPsych from Massey University, Tim has used his skills to develop an educational video game, a youth innovation challenge, the NZ curriculum review, and give motivational speeches at schools. Tim's educational video game, Rocket Island, is available to download on Google Play Store and Steam. He is now running for Hamilton City Council with policies to transition to green technologies, prepare the city for disruptive technologies, and increase accessibility for the aging population.


 
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