As a result of becoming a permanent resident, I am able to vote for the first time in 7 years of living in New Zealand. I am very excited about being able to vote. But it is clear to me not everybody feels the same.
I hear people say that the parties don’t represent them and that they don’t want to vote. To some extent I agree. However, I think we also need to be aware that the parties will favour the demographic that turn up to vote. In New Zealand, a significant portion of people aged 50 actually turn up and vote. Compare this to the under 25 that have a low percentage voting. So until there are more people 18-25 turning up to vote, it will seem the future of New Zealand is catering for and decided by the over 50s.
The more party votes a party can get, that gives them better representation in parliament. As a result they have more power to get laws passed that matter to them.
I’m urging everyone to enrol and vote in the upcoming election. To either enrol or check you are enrolled click here
All parties have policies. We will have ample chance to hear them explain this in the up and coming debates on TV. Also click the following links National–Labour–Greens–MANA–NZ First–Moari Party – Act–Top
A useful way to work out what matters to you and which party thinks like you is by using this online tool here.
I chose the image of the rainbow flag flying as its a symbol of peace and understanding. Which is greatly needed on our door step and globally.
Will you be voting?