I like to think that most Kiwis are a bbq loving, sports cheering, spade sharing kinda people, all with similar values in mind. If you think about it, we are bloody lucky to live in such an awesome country, that’s made up of many small, proud and supportive communities, where families are at the heart of everything we work for.
I guess we all kind of know this growing up, but it definitely became more prevalent when we had our own family. This made us more aware of what we wanted for our kids, for our community and for our country as well. One important way we can all help influence these decisions and make sure our values and voices count is simply by voting (it’s easy as that guys).
I know in my first year of voting I had that typical kiwi male “She’ll be right” kinda attitude, as in if I don’t vote everything will still be alright…wrong! The main age group of people who are failing to engage and actually vote are people 35 years and under. So just imagine if 100,000 other people had the same stupid mentality as I did back then and decided not to vote?
Also, imagine if 100,000 extra people actually did vote and how that could influence the decisions that affect our country and communities. Everybody has something worth voting for, no matter who they are or where they’re from. Now I know you value the awesome community and country that you live in, so just in case you needed a hand with making decisions for this upcoming election read our tips below.
HOW TO MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD AND YOUR VOTE COUNT
Here are a few things to consider when voting.
Have a good think about what really matters to your family, what values, services or assistance are important to you.
What’s important to your community? Public transport, road, education, sports facilities or health care?
Don’t just think about the current issues or your current situation. If you don’t already have children maybe think about what sort of community and country you would want for your future family, what that might look like and who you want in parliament to represent us as a people.
Try to look beyond the big personalities, fancy marketing and ads. Have a genuine think about what political party or candidate actually has the policies that match up with your core values. There are a bunch of tools at ivotenz.org.nz that can help with this!
Lastly, have a good think about the main issues that really matter to us as a nation. Where should our tax payers money be going, is it our health care system, what’s the current state of our environment or education. What really matters to you?
Just remember you have an opinion. You know what’s important. So don’t just post something about it on social media, actually do something that makes your voice heard. Vote!
We would love to hear your thoughts on this topic. Comment below and tell us what are the main values that really matter to you and your family.
At this stage in our lives we are definitely looking into buying our first home, having consideration for our children’s education, and of course our environment – so we will be thinking about those things when we decide who to vote for.
For more information about voting click here