TAUPO: ZANE MCCARTHY, GREEN CANDIDATE
How and why did you get into politics?
I have always been interested in politics. When I was younger I would follow each election period very closely. That led to me studying politics at university.
How do you normally spend your time?
I recently completed a bachelors degree in political science and economics at the University of Waikato. I intend to go back to university next year to study teaching. I also am a member of the Red Cross welfare response team and co- convene the Greens on Campus at Waikato.
Why did you choose the Greens?
I believe the Greens deliver the best direction for New Zealand.
I want to be a part of delivering the Green Party vision and that is why I have chosen to stand in this election.
Why are you standing for the Taupo electorate?
I grew up in Putaruru, in the northern part of the Taupo electorate. I have a connection with the area.
I want to spread the Green Party message in the area and make sure people are giving their party vote to the Greens on November 26.
What do you believe the big issues are nationally? How do you believe Green’s policy can address this?
New Zealand has to address the poverty gap. There are far too many children going to school without breakfast or not getting the quality of life they deserve. This needs to be addressed. The Green Party has made it a priority to get 100,000 children out of poverty by 2014. That is something I am proud to support.
Is there anything else you think is important?
The referendum on MMP. This is an extremely important vote at the election as it determines our method of electing Parliament.
I support MMP because it is the only voting system that gives a parliament that is proportional according to what the people decide. Under MMP everyone’s vote counts.