Meet the next generation of elected leaders in Waikato and Bay of Plenty

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

A collage of nine young people in various (mostly) outdoor settings.
Young independent candidates standing for local councils in 2019

The following candidates are standing in the Waikato or Bay of Plenty regions.

Kaya Sparke

23, Rotorua Lakes Council

Wāhine toa Kaya looking direct to camera, in a garden setting with fence on one side

Elijah Pue

25, Ruapehu District Council

Elijah at a rocky beach, smiling to camera in jacket and cap

Talei Bryant

22, Whakatāne District Council

Talei with a big smile against dark background

Louise Hutt

26, Mayor & council for Hamilton West

Louise, smiling, against a black background

Suzi Paige

35, Tauranga City Council

Suzi at work with a collection of craft beer taps behind them.

Jako Abrie

30, Tauranga City Council.

Jako with two older people smiling, green colour beers in front of them
Jako on the right, with friends on St Patrick’s Day

Dan Armstrong

26, Waikato Regional Council.

Dan smiling to camera with trees and park in background.

Alana Delich

35, Waikato Regional Council

Alana to side of photo smiling at camera with field, moana (sea) and maunga (mountain) behind.

Jennifer Nickel

33, Waikato Regional Council

Jennifer smiling to camera against a garden and green hill background

Ryan Gray

32, Rotorua Lakes Council

Ryan on a mountain bike with bike helmet on head, in from of countryside setting of green planted pine trees and a lake

Robyn Sinclair

37, Thames-Coromandel District Council

Robyn is smiling to camera, has a pack on her back and forest scenery behind her

You can see the profiles of young inspiring candidates in other areas at these links:

Want more information before voting?

The Spinoff has a great website with profiles on candidates at this link:

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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