Campaign to Lower the Voting Age to 16 established

17 July 2019

Youth Parliament week in Parliament has seen the establishment of Make it 16, a campaign to lower the voting age in New Zealand.

Make it 16 is a non-partisan, youth-led campaign advocating for more people’s voices to count in our democracy. We welcome anyone who wants a fairer and stronger democracy to join our campaign.

Our National Co-Ordinators, Gina Dao-McLay (Year 12) and Dan-Harward Jones (Year 13) are backed by the Aotearoa Organising Committee based throughout New Zealand to power this message.

“We’re excited to have established a campaign to lower the voting age” says Dan Harward Jones, age 17, Youth MP for Greg O’Connor. “This is the beginning of a conversation with New Zealanders about how our democracy can be stronger if we join countries like Scotland and Austria by lowering the voting age to 16.”

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