Meet the next generation of elected leaders in the Wellington region

ActionStation are profiling inspiring young independent candidates who are standing in local elections around NZ.

A colourful collage of seven young people in different outdoor settings
Young independent candidates standing for local councils in 2019

The following candidates are standing in the Wellington region.

Rabeea Inayatullah

21, Porirua City Council, Northern Ward

Rabeea smiling to camera in front of a wet land area, houses in the background.

Tamatha Paul

22, Wellington City Council, Pukehīnau — Lambton Ward

Tamatha smiling looking to camera at a spot on Wellington harbour, Te Papa museum behind her

Sophie Handford

18, Kāpiti‎ Coast District Council, Paekākāriki — Raumati Ward

Sophie at the front of a climate strike march with lots of people in orange vests, holding a megaphone

Asher Wilson-Goldman

34, Kāpiti‎ Coast District Council

Asher, in a smart jacket suit smiling to camera, standing on the beach with Kāpiti island behind.

Victoria Rhodes-Carlin

21, Greater Wellington Regional Council

Victoria is standing outside a house, garden behind her looking at camera. Her tshirt says ‘Honour Te Tiriti’.

Karen (Kaz) Yung

30, Petone Community Board and Hutt City Council

Karen, eyes closed, with a kākā sitting on her shoulder pecking her hair

Tesh Kells

20, Hutt City Council

Tesh sitting looking over the back of a park bench, on a sunny day at a park

Grace Lindsay

20, Paraparaumu — Raumati Community Board

Grace smiling to camera against a background of native flax

Want to read more profiles? Check out inspiring young independents running in other areas too:

Want more information before voting?

Generation Zero has produced scorecards that rate candidates based on their policies for climate action and liveable cities:

How to vote

Voting is open from 20 September till midday 12 October.

By voting in the local election, and supporting friends or whānau members to join you, we will multiply the impact of our community and elect councillors that will advocate for the ecosystems that sustain life.

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