Youth with a touch of po­lit­i­cal know how

South Waikato News - - Your Paper, Your Place - LUKE KIRKEBY

At 23 Amy Ulu­ave is the youngest can­di­date stand­ing for the South Waikato Dis­trict Coun­cil in the up­com­ing lo­cal body elec­tions.

But don’t be think­ing she is with­out ex­pe­ri­ence as she’s been in­volved with mul­ti­ple po­lit­i­cal projects.

That in­cludes work­ing with Labour’s Ta­mati Cof­fey as part of Young Labour, be­ing se­lected by Win­ston Peters as a New Zealand First back bencher, and be­ing the pres­i­dent of the Wa­iariki In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy Stu­dent As­so­ci­a­tion where she stud­ied tourism man­age­ment.

Hav­ing spent the early years of her life grow­ing up in Tokoroa and see­ing an ar­ray of op­por­tu­ni­ties wait­ing to be re­alised in the town she thought what bet­ter way to utilise the skills she has ac­quired and stand for the Tokoroa Ward seat to seen them brought about.

‘‘I am Cook Is­lan­der, Ton­gan, Samoan, Maori, Ger­man and Scot­tish and Tokoroa has al­ways been home for me al­though I moved away when my fa­ther died when I was 12. Is­land cul­ture is huge here and my fam­ily are here so I wanted to come back home,’’ she said.

On re­turn­ing from Mel­bourne three years ago she en­rolled at Wa­iariki in Ro­torua and it was there who po­lit­i­cal as­pi­ra­tions were born.

She was the main stu­dent op­pos­ing voice in the merger with the Bay of Plenty Polytech­nic as well as cam­paign­ing to have uni­sex toi­lets in­stalled on campus.

She also man­aged the cam­paign of a Ro­torua Lakes Coun­cil can­di­date in the last lo­cal body elec­tions and helped out with Ro­torua based New Zealand first list MP Fletcher Tabuteau’s.

‘‘Some­one in Tokoroa my age has never done this but this is the next step for me be­cause i have al­ready been through stu­dent pol­i­tics,’’ she said.

She said if she is elected tourism will be a big fo­cus for her in or­der to cre­ate more jobs.

‘‘For me it will be ex­plor­ing tourism op­por­tu­ni­ties and en­cour­ag­ing growth. I re­ally want to think of a tourism in­vest­ment strat­egy,’’ she said.

‘‘It is about get­ting oth­ers to in­vest in out dis­trict and not get­ting the coun­cil to fork it.’’

‘‘I’ve been look­ing at do­ing some­thing at the Blue Spring, start­ing up a sum­mer site do­ing tourism pho­tog­ra­phy to cre­ate more jobs for young peo­ple be­cause there are no jobs. It’s not huge but it is a start,’’ she said.

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