Jesse Pabla’s message for young people
Jesse Pabla hasn’t voted before but that hasn’t stopped him running for Parliament.
The 22-year-old Papakura Labour Party candidate says representing young people is the driving force behind his involvement in this year’s general election.
He hopes to be someone young people can relate to and talk to ‘‘in a way they can understand’’.
‘‘I see what they see on a dayto-day basis as I live in the area … some of them feel left out which they shouldn’t and that’s why I put my name down. I can relate back to them and say there is someone here for you guys.’’
Pabla’s family have lived in Papakura for 50 years. They ran the family owned Pabla’s Indian Restaurant on O’Shannessey St from 1993 to 2013.
‘‘Famous for chicken’’, he says.
He helped out at the restaurant most days after school before leaving at 17 to start an electrical engineering diploma at Manukau Institute of Technology.
He put his studies ‘‘on hold for a bit’’ and started his first fulltime job at 19 as a bouncer at a nightclub.
‘‘I hate the word bouncer … we don’t call ourselves bouncers, more ‘door hosts’ … bouncer’s a bit aggressive.’’ our butter
The job taught him something very important which he is taking into politics, he says.
‘‘Being so young it was a big challenge but it’s about resolving conflicts more with your mouth than anything else … the best way to solve things is to talk.’’
Pabla joined the Labour Party at 16 and will be the first in his family to stand for Parliament.
However, he follows the footsteps of his granddad who has been helping the party campaign for 15 years.
Despite being a member of the party, he didn’t vote when he was 18.
‘‘It didn’t appeal to me to vote … but now being more involved and getting more knowledge, I kind of thought, ‘ hey, voting is important and your vote does count’.’’
Issues such as poverty and homelessness are tackled by first talking to people who are strug- gling the most, Pabla says.
He believes in creating more apprenticeships and more state houses. ‘‘We need to promote apprenticeships.
‘‘Apprenticeships build homes … and making homes means more homes and hopefully less homelessness.’’
Papakura Labour Party candidate Jesse Pabla.