Fresh eyes on Auck­land may­oralty

Auckland City Harbour News - - COMMUNITY COOKBOOK - ALAS­TAIR LYNN

Chloe Swar­brick wants to shake New Zealand pol­i­tics to its core.

It’s likely the 22 year-old will rat­tle a few cages af­ter she an­nounced her cam­paign for the Auck­land may­oralty on July 4.

The ele­phant in the room is she’ll be facing candidates at least twice her age, but Swar­brick be­lieves that’s noth­ing to stamp her feet about.

If any­thing, she says it’s an ad­van­tage

‘‘I don’t own a home, I catch pub­lic trans­port al­most ev­ery day and I have a lot friends who can’t find jobs.

‘‘I’m grounded in a lot of the is­sues that Auck­land is cur­rently ex­pe­ri­enc­ing.’’

Swar­brick de­scribes herself as a ‘‘pro­ducer’’.

The Epsom res­i­dent has a Bach­e­lor of Arts and a Bach­e­lor of Laws from the Univer­sity of Auck­land. She’s started up mul­ti­ple busi­nesses in fash­ion and mar­ket­ing, worked as a jour­nal­ist with ra­dio sta­tion BFM and run nu­mer­ous community projects.

‘‘My back­ground is es­sen­tially that I say yes to a lot of things,’’ she says.

‘‘I termed my­self as a pro­ducer and that’s es­sen­tially just be­cause I make things hap­pen, I get things done.’’

Swar­brick says cre­at­ing a di­a­logue will sep­a­rate her from the pack as things heat up in the steps to­wards the Oc­to­ber elec­tion.

Hous­ing, jobs, trans­port, arts and cul­ture, fu­ture proof­ing the city, and trans­parency are the cor­ner­stones of her cam­paign.

But it’s not a mat­ter of here are the problems, these are your so­lu­tions.

‘‘What I re­ally want to do is create a di­a­logue and get ev­ery­body engaged and in­volved,’’ Swar­brick says.

‘‘You have to en­gage people in a way that makes sense to them. I’m fully pre­pared to be re­spon­sive.’’

She high­lights only 34 per cent of el­i­gi­ble vot­ers took part in the 2013 Auck­land lo­cal body elec­tions.

‘‘To date nobody has talked about how voter turnout is dis­mal.

‘‘People ei­ther don’t care or aren’t being spo­ken to about what they care about.’’

Swar­brick will be stand­ing as an in­de­pen­dent.

She says the de­ci­sion to throw her hat in the ring was a sim­ple one.

‘‘I say yes to op­por­tu­ni­ties as they arise and the more that I thought about this, the more it made sense.

PHOTO: ALAS­TAIR LYNN/ FAIR­FAX NZ

At 22 years-old Chloe Swar­brick will be the youngest Auck­land may­oralty can­di­date by a long shot.

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