During Election week POWER 88.3 – the home of youth voice took the initiative of inviting all of our Rotorua candidates to come for a chat live on air on the 8th and 9th of October.
Here’s our korero with Todd McClay
We received an overwhelming response from local candidates and had a visit from Alan Tane Solomon (New Conservatives), Nicole McKee (ACT), Claire Mahon (Labour), Todd Mclay (National), Karri-Ann Vercoe (One party), Kaya Sparke (Green Party), Fletcher Tabuteau (NZ First) and Kiri Ward (Advance NZ). Unfortunately Hannah Tamaki (Vision NZ), Tamati Coffey (Labour) and Rawiri Waititi (Maori Party) were not able to attend.
Candidates were asked how their campaign trail is going and where they stand on policies that relate to young people now or in the future. We also asked them if they were for or against the voting age being lowered to 16. Most shared the opinion that unless young people were educated on political matters at school, that 16 was too young to understand the importance of their voting decision.