First-time voters keen to have a say
It’s election year and that means on top stressing about exams, many 18-year-olds are deciding whether to vote, and who for.
About 10,100 New Zealand year 13 students will be 18 and able to vote by polling day on September 20.
The Electoral Commission recently visited Porirua College to give students the ins and outs of voting.
Kapeteni Polutea, 18, said he was looking forward to voting for the first time.
‘‘I want to make a change to our environment,’’ he said.
He said it was important young people voted because they had different concerns than adults.
‘‘It’s important for us to vote because we are the future of this country, the ones who will make a change in this world.’’
While her classmates were eager to vote, Ngarangi David said she would not be voting this year.
‘‘I didn’t really think about it much. Maybe in the future it will be more important to me,’’ she said.
She said she might change her mind by election day, but would vote when she was older. Being enrolled gives you the opportunity to vote in the election on Saturday, September 20. If you are not enrolled all you need to do is fill in an enrolment form, available at the Citizens Advice Bureau or any New Zealand Post Shop. You can also phone 0800 367 656 or print one from the website: elections.org.nz/.
Age: 18. Are you voting in September? Yes. ‘‘It’s important for us to vote.’’ Who has your vote? National Would you prefer online voting or a polling station? Online.
Age: 18. Are you voting in September? Definitely. ‘‘I wanted to have a say. We as young people just want our voice to be heard. We want to contribute. I reckon every vote counts.’’ Who has your vote? Labour. Would you prefer online voting or a polling station? Polling station with family.