If school chil­dren could vote ...

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When North­cote Pri­mary School stu­dent Jude Flynn, 5, was asked about the elec­tion, he thought for a only mo­ment be­fore bunch­ing up his face and ask­ing ‘‘What’s ‘elec­tion’?’’

The North Shore Times spoke to chil­dren from three schools across the Shore to find out what they thought the big is­sues were this elec­tion year.

Jude’s de­mands were a lit­tle more sim­plis­tic: ‘‘If there’s a crack in the ground, and there’s a big hole and peo­ple are not look­ing by, I think they should fix it.’’

Al­bany Ju­nior High School stu­dent Cal­lum Maxwell, 11, said, if he were prime min­is­ter, he was lower the vot­ing age to 12.

‘‘We’d be more ed­u­cated on it [pol­i­tics] if we were al­lowed to vote,’’ he said. His other cam­paign prom­ise would be ice cream for all.

Mur­rays Bay In­ter­me­di­ate School stu­dent Han­nah Clausen, 12, also thought the age should be low­ered, but said chang­ing it to stu­dents in year 13 would be a good com­pro­mise.

‘‘If you’re able to vote while at school, then that means you’re get­ting more in­for­ma­tion, you have ac­cess to more.’’

The top is­sues the young­sters wanted the Gov­ern­ment to ad­dress were pol­lu­tion, fol­lowed by hous­ing and trans­port.

North­cote Pri­mary School pupil Lottie Pen­ney, 10, wanted lit­ter­ing on beaches stopped, while 9-year-old school­mate Mila Banks wanted Ki­wis to cut down on fish­ing

Abby wanted a ‘‘clean, green New Zealand,’’ and rea­son­able stu­dent loan rates.

‘‘Our stu­dents, es­pe­cially ones go­ing to university, be­cause that’s af­fect­ing me in the near fu­ture … to not give them so much in­ter­est on their loan, be­cause I know it’s hard for them to pay back when they’re study­ing as well.’’

For Mur­rays Bay stu­dent Ju­lia Lim, 13, poverty and city drink­ing were on her mind. Class­mate Amy Wang, 12, said she been get­ting in­formed about the elec­tion at school:

‘‘It’s a month away from the elec­tion and ev­ery­one is try­ing very hard to stay in par­lia­ment or to get into par­lia­ment,’’ she said.

Al­bany Ju­nior High School stu­dent Ma­son Benge, 12, thought Na­tional was ahead, while Han­nah thought the party’s pop­u­lar­ity was ‘‘in the air’’.

‘‘[L]abour’s been do­ing pretty well with Jacinda, be­cause she’s been go­ing out quite a bit,’’ she said.

FELIC­ITY REID

Han­nah Clausen, 12, thinks trans­port is an im­por­tant elec­tion issue.

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