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Supporting the voice of youth

Opinion Piece

I have had the pleasure of watching Alice Kibble mature and grow through high school.

During this time her work ethic of giving 1000 percent has been seen with her considerable volunteering in the district for groups including Hospice Tairawhiti, the Cancer Society, Red Cross and Volunteer Centre.

She has represented our community in the Students against Dangerous Driving National Leadership Programme and at the National Student Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting at Parliament for the past two years.

Why does Alice Kibble get my vote?

• She’s engaged — find a community event and Alice will be there, interacting, listening and talking to our community, sharing with our region her hopes for our future.

• She is young in age, with maturity of knowledge and experience. Alice moves efficiently between all age groups, with a drive to do her best.

• She wants Tairawhiti to be its best for all. Yes, for the 50 percent of the population aged under 37. She will bring the voice of youth to the council, a traditionally disengaged and under-represented group that will be the future of our growth.

• She has a strong ethos of environmental care now and in the future, and through a role on the council she can help us protect and restore our region’s natural beauty and resources.

Reach out, contact Alice and hear her hopes for our region, and I am certain you too will vote for her.

Sue Heikell