Race leads to election box
The Amazing Democracey is on this Friday.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.