Youngster eyes spot on board
An 18-year-old with a famous New Zealand political name is seeking a place on the Tawa Community Board in this year’s local body elections.
Jack Marshall, the Wellington Youth Council chairman, is no relation to New Zealand’s 1970s Prime Minister of the same name, but he has political aspirations.
The university student was putting his name forward as a candidate to represent the views of Tawa youth, he said.
‘‘I would be a good member because I would bring a fresh youth perspective,’’ he said.
‘‘Youth will have a constant voice and presence on the community board [and] Tawa people in general will be heard a lot better.’’
A former Tawa College student, Mr Marshall is studying law, political science and international relations at Victoria University.
He hoped to become a Tawa Community Board member and Wellington City councillor, like Justin Lester, he said.
Since joining Wellington Youth Council six years ago, Mr Marshall has often attended Tawa Community Board meetings to update members on the council’s progress and issues facing young people.
By becoming a Tawa Community Board member he said he would be able to expand on the work being done by the Youth Council.
Earlier this year the Youth Council held a workshop for young residents to gather their views on alcohol issues.
That information was used to advise Wellington City Council on its proposed alcohol management strategy and could be seen in the draft of the proposal, he said.
‘‘ We see that alcohol and youth are quite often closely tied, so we’ve tried to change the perception around youth, alcohol and drugs.’’
The proposal is out for public consultation until early August.
The youth council is also working to educate youth about local government structure and the idea of a super-city, because ‘‘whatever is chosen should represent local views and wants’’, Mr Marshall said.
Another issue the council is strongly involved in is youth unemployment. ‘‘Youth unemployment is at an all-time high in New Zealand and we’ve kind of seen that it’s the council’s role to try to promote employment in general and specifically youth employment.’’
If successful, Mr Marshall plans to get the Tawa Community Board more in touch with Youth Council issues, and hopes to see Tawa Village revitalised.
Youth vision: Jack Marshall wants to voice the views of Tawa’s youth.