Po­lit­i­cal name a win­ner

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By SAM DUFF

Shar­ing his name with a for­mer prime min­is­ter could be a sign of the fu­ture for Tawa teenager Jack Mar­shall.

Mr Mar­shall, 19, was last month elected to the Tawa Com­mu­nity Board, but said he had barely heard of the coun­try’s for­mer leader un­til re­cently.

‘‘I asked my mum whether that was a de­cid­ing fac­tor when she named me and she said it was a lit­tle bit. But she also just liked the name Jack,’’ he said.

‘‘ He had the nick­name ‘Gen­tle­man Jack’ and I think every­body sort of liked him.’’

How­ever, he said that be­ing on the cen­tre left, he would have lit­tle in com­mon po­lit­i­cally with the for­mer Na­tional Party leader.

Mr Mar­shall, a Vic­to­ria Univer­sity law stu­dent, was born in Christchurch, but said Tawa was a great place to live.

‘‘It is a sub­urb that is quite lively and has a good com­mu­nity feel,’’ he said.

Mr Mar­shall said be­ing on the Wellington City Youth Coun­cil for the past six years gave him the ex­pe­ri­ence needed to be on the com­mu­nity board.

‘‘That has ex­posed me to lo­cal gov­ern­ment and I have learnt a lot of coun­cil pro­cesses through the youth coun­cil,’’ he said.

Mr Mar­shall said the other board mem­bers re­acted pos­i­tively to the elec­tion of a young per­son.

‘‘ They are ac­tu­ally quite happy that there is a younger voice.

‘‘They recog­nise that has been lack­ing in re­cent years.’’

Re­gional amal­ga­ma­tion would be a fo­cus for him dur­ing the next three years, he said.

‘‘We need to make sure that the com­mu­nity voice is not lost.’’

The for­mer Tawa Col­lege stu­dent said he wanted to see value for ratepay­ers’ money, de­spite not be­ing one him­self.

With con­struc­tion to be­gin on Trans­mis­sion Gully next year, Mr Mar­shall said he was con­cerned about the im­pact of the Lin­den in­ter­change.

‘‘It would be quite good to work closely with NZTA on that project to make sure the ef­fect is mit­i­gated in some way,’’ he said.

The civil de­fence vol­un­teer said he was keen to con­tinue the process of draft­ing an emer­gency man­age­ment plan for Tawa.

‘‘ It is still in the plan­ning stage, but I would re­ally like to see that through.’’

Mr Mar­shall said his po­lit­i­cal role model was Wellington deputy mayor Justin Lester, whom he de­scribed as a ‘‘young vi­brant voice’’, and that he was an ad­mirer of for­mer Prime Min­is­ter He­len Clark.

He said he had sev­eral years to de­cide whether he would stand for a coun­cil seat in 2016.

Photo: SAM DUFF

Po­lit­i­cal hope­ful: Jack Mar­shall said he would have lit­tle in com­mon with the for­mer prime min­is­ter of the same name.

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