Young­ster eyes spot on board

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By TALIA CARLISLE

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.

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