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GIANINA SCHWANECKE
gianina.schwanecke@age.co.nz

The Wairarapa Youth Council is calling on the region’s youth to get involved in this year’s local body elections.

To help increase youth participation and civic education it has organised a meet the candidates evening to run on Thursday, with the help of The Rotary Club of Masterton.

Wairarapa Youth Council co-ordinator Cherie McNamara said it was a great opportunity for people, especially the region’s youth, to encourage civic engagement.

“That’s the reason we wanted to run it, to encourage youth participation.”

She said members of the Wairarapa Youth Council had been impressed by the number of young people who were running for councils.

“They are really excited to see young people putting their hands up and wanting to be involved.”

It was also exciting to have so many candidates to choose from and the event was a chance to learn more about what each stood for, she said.

She said she was encouraged by the response from the candidates who would be attending.

“This event will help people decide who they feel will be the best advocate for the Masterton community, and local businesses.”

The evening will include opening remarks from the mayoral candidates and many council hopefuls from the Masterton district.

This will be followed with a question round run by a moderator – questions have been submitted by members of the community.

“The questions are going to be around Wairarapa-wide issues,” McNamara said.

There will also be an opportunity for audience members to put questions to the candidates later in the evening.

It will also be broadcast live by Wairarapa TV.

The event will run from 6pm to 9pm on Thursday, September 19, at the St Matthew’s Collegiate Cleghorn Hall.

More information can be found online by searching Meet the Candidates for the Masterton District Council Election.

Featherston

When: Wednesday, September 18, 6pm.

Where: Messines Bar and Restaurant, 57 Fox Street, Featherston.

Who: Candidates for South Wairarapa mayor, Featherston Ward, Featherston Community Board, and Greater Wellington Regional Council.

Hosted by: Wairarapa Gateway Business Group.

Extra: Contact Wairarapa Gateway Business Group at wairarapagatewaybusinessgroup@gmail.com to submit a question or for more information.

Greytown

When: Wednesday, September 25, 7pm.

Where: Greytown Town Hall, 89-91 Main St, Greytown.

Who: Candidates for South Wairarapa mayor, Greytown Ward, and Greater Wellington Regional Council candidates

Hosted by: The Lions Club of Greytown.

Extra: Greytown Trust Lands Trust and the Greytown Community Board did not require an election.

Martinborough

When: Tuesday, September 17, 6.30pm.

Where: Waihinga Centre, Texas St, Martinborough.

Who: Candidates for Martinborough Ward and Martinborough Community Board.

Hosted by: The Lions Club of Martinborough.

Carterton

When: Tuesday, September 24, 7pm.

Where: Carterton Events Centre, 50 Holloway St, Carterton.

Who: Carterton council candidates.

Hosted by: Carterton Town and Country Development Group Incorporated.

When: Wednesday, September 18, 6.30pm

Where: Carterton Events Centre, 50 Holloway St, Carterton.

Who: Carterton council candidates.

Hosted by: Masterton Toastmasters.

When: Thursday, October 3, 7.30pm.

Where: Carterton Events Centre, 50 Holloway St, Carterton.

Who: Carterton mayoral candidates.

Hosted by: Resilient Carterton.