Race leads to elec­tion box

The Amaz­ing Democ­racey is on this Fri­day.

Waiheke Marketplace - - Out & About -

A race to help give young peo­ple a po­lit­i­cal voice will be held on Septem­ber 22 in Oneroa.

Peo­ple aged under 30 can form a team and com­pete in the Amaz­ing Democ­racey the day be­fore the New Zealand gen­eral elec­tion.

Par­tic­i­pants will learn about the poli­cies of dif­fer­ent par­ties, said or­gan­is­ers Emma Mor­ris, Sam Dyson and Cam­ryan from Rock­en­rol and Kara Veugel­ers from Wai­heke Youth Voice.

Teams will race around Oneroa solv­ing clues and chal­lenges.

Re­sources will be avail­able to help peo­ple en­rol to vote and a prize­giv­ing fea­tur­ing lo­cal mu­si­cians and kai will bring the event to a close.

In 2014, Dyson co-founded Rock­en­rol, a youth-led or­gan­i­sa­tion ded­i­cated to en­gag­ing and ac­ti­vat­ing the po­lit­i­cal power of young peo­ple.

He lives with Ryan and Mor­ris on a land-based eco­log­i­cal restora­tion project in­mawhiti­pana Val­ley.

‘‘We un­der­stand that young peo­ple can feel re­moved from the po­lit­i­cal de­ci­sions that in­flu­ence our lives even though we ex­pe­ri­ence those high-level po­lit­i­cal de­ci­sions every day. Our aim is to get young peo­ple feel­ing more com­fort­able in un­der­stand­ing our con­nec­tion to th­ese de­ci­sions by pre­sent­ing poli­cies in a way that is fun and in­ter­ac­tive,’’ Mor­ris said.

Veugel­ers said 20 per cent of the vot­ing pop­u­la­tion is aged under 30, but less than half vote in the gen­eral elec­tions.

The race is from 4.30pm to 7.30pm on Fri­day, Septem­ber 22, from the Art­works court­yard and en­try is free. To reg­is­ter, email names, ages and team name to amaz­ing.race.wai­heke@gmail.com.

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