24 Sep 2019

Local policy matters

From Nine To Noon, 9:34 am on 24 September 2019
Policy Local

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Local body voting papers have been delivered ahead of elections later this month. There are  five hundred and thirty seven elections taking place for councils and health boards throughout the country. Voter turn out among young voters is traditionally the worst - just 70 per cent of 18 to 24 year olds voted in the 2014 General Election, according to Statistics New Zealand figures from the 2014 General Election. New research by an Otago University PhD student Kyle Whitfield finds a lack of information about candidates is the main reason young people do not vote in local government elections. Kathryn talks with Asher Emanuel, editorial director of the website Policy Local, which provides a comprehensive line up of candidates and their policies.