3 Apr 2017

Greens target youth vote with fresh faces

From Morning Report, 7:11 am on 3 April 2017

The Greens are targeting the youth vote selecting two young candidates in winnable positions on its list.

Chloe Swarbrick and Jack McDonald

Chloe Swarbrick and Jack McDonald Photo: RNZ / Twitter Jack McDonald

The party says its all about rejuvenation but it comes at a time when soaring house prices and plans to raise the age of entitlement to super has highlighted what some are calling a generational war between Millennials and Baby Boomers.

In the last election, 126,000 or 37 percent of under 25's did not vote.

Jack McDonald, 23, is 9th on the provisional list says the Green's list announcement shows that the Green Party takes youth representation very seriously.

He says "age does matter, because young people deserve a voice in politics."

Chloe Swarbrick, 22, who ran third in the Auckland mayoral race and is 13th on the list told Morning Report young people need to be given something to vote for.

"Young people aren't dumb. They're comparatively far more educated than older generations... They just don't have faith in our political systems at the moment."

But will having younger candidates to support help lure younger voters to the ballot box?

Morning Report also canvassed the views of three young political analysts:

Max Harris, 28, is a Rhodes Scholar, a Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford and an author who's written on youth engagement. He says we need to think about a new type of politics that can appeal to young people again.

"It's pretty clear that a large number of young people don't feel well represented by who politicians are or what they talk about."

Morgan Godfery, 25, a political commentator says "politics is about values and vision and this is as true for young people as it is for anyone else."