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Korero . . . Lined up for the School Strike 4 Climate Waitaki candidate Q&A last Friday are (from left) Heather Meri Pennycook (Advance NZ), Liam Wairepo (Labour), Ethan Reille (event organiser), Tilly King (event organiser), Jacqui Dean (National), Sampsa Kiuru (Greens) and Anthony Odering (NZ First). PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Questions on the issues of youth, community, and environment and climate were put to Waitaki candidates last Friday, ahead of next month’s election.

Students Strike 4 Climate Waitaki organised the event, which was held at the Waitaki Girls’ High School hall.

Organiser Tilly King said the event went “really well” and was “engaging and informative”.

It was great to hear from all the candidates, to find out their stance on different environmental issues and what action they and their party would take if elected, she said.

It was also an opportunity for young people to get involved and share their perspective on the issues and policies.

Candidates present were Liam Wairepo (Labour), Jacqui Dean (National), Heather Meri Pennycook (Advance NZ), Anthony Odering (NZ First) and Sampsa Kiuru (Greens).

As well as a small live audience, due to Covid restrictions, the event was livestreamed and people were able to ask questions through the stream.

Waitaki Girls’ High School pupil Emily Braid (16) said it was a great opportunity to hear the different perspectives and opinions of each candidate and get an insight into not only the candidates as people, but also the party they represented.

“I believe it is important for youth to fight for the change we want to see in the future and getting involved in politics is a great step in the right direction,” she said.

Tilly said she hoped the Q&A session had encouraged youth in the community to engage in politics more, “as we are the leaders of tomorrow”.