Ready, set — vote!

2 min readSep 24, 2019

Voting in local elections 2019 has begun. Are you ready to make yours count?

Image: a collage of 23 young candidates in a variety of (mostly) outdoor settings
Young independent candidates standing for local councils in 2019

All around the country, young people are rising up to represent people and planet in local government, and more Māori are standing for Mayor than ever before.

Everywhere we look, everyday people are putting their hands up to champion clean rivers, healthy forests and thriving, diverse and inclusive communities.

We’ve spoken with 40 independent candidates under 40 who agree with the vision and mission of ActionStation and have pledged their commitment to climate solutions and honouring Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

If you’re undecided who you’re voting for, or if you simply want to be inspired by the new generation of leaders rising, click through to check out some of the young independents running in your area:

If you notice that there is a candidate who fits the criteria that we have missed, please send us an email at and we’ll be sure to add them to the mix!

Voting is open until midday on Saturday 12 October. If you haven’t yet enrolled to vote, it’s not too late to have your say as you can still cast a special vote! Each council is different and so the best thing to do is to give your local council a call. You can find a list of councils here.




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