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Our Voices. Our Votes. Roadshow Advocates for Voter Participation Amongst Pacific Youth.

Our Voices. Our Votes. event at Ara Institute.

ECG is excited to share the conclusion of its week-long “Our Voices. Our Votes” roadshow. The roadshow spanned across five cities in Aotearoa: Dunedin, Wellington, Christchurch, Auckland, and Hamilton. The roadshow focused on highlighting the importance of civic participation and voting especially with the upcoming General Election knocking on our doorstep in two weeks.

The roadshow, which began on the 18th of September in Ōtepoti - Dunedin and concluded on 22nd of September in Kirikiriroa - Hamilton, achieved milestones in its mission to raise awareness about the democratic process and encourage young Pacific Islanders in these cities to exercise their right to vote and realise the value of their vote.

Throughout the week, attendees were given the opportunity to engage in a diverse range of activities that were rooted in the talanoa methodology. The roadshow brought in panellist speakers who came from different backgrounds such as grassroot organisations, public servants, academics, creative arts and civic education advocates to share their experiences and knowledge around voting and how it applies to us on a day to day basis.

Lavinia Lovo and Naomi Vailima at the Our Voices. Our Votes event at the Fale Pasifika, University of Auckland.

The Electoral Commission, present throughout the roadshow provided information on how to enrol, where to vote and key dates for the election. They also shared about the differences between the general roll and Māori roll, how to protect one's personal details and resources to understand the different political party policies.

The roadshow, co-designed by Pacific Youth influencers, aimed to inspire Pacific youth to become active participants in shaping the future of Aotearoa by voting.

Kelly Harrison from the Electoral Commission says “on behalf of the Electoral Commission and as the Project Lead for Contracts and Partnerships for the Pacific Communities. We would like to congratulate ECG for the success of their nationwide roadshow from Dunedin to Auckland and acknowledge their contributions to delivering and raising awareness on election participation for Pacific communities and to educate Pacific people on the importance of enrolling and voting to help increase voter participation for Pacific youth and their families.”

An active digital campaign @ourvoices.ourvotes (#ourvoicesourvotes) on Instagram and TikTok remains live content will be shared right up to the election from the roadshow.

Panellist Speakers at the Hamilton event. L-R: Professor Tafaoimalo Leilani Tuala Warren, Bronwen Ata-Tauai, Oisin Cummins

About ECG:

ECG is a full-service boutique consultancy specialising in the Pacific economy. We are dedicated to serving our clients and leaving a positive footprint in our communities.

For more information, please contact or Vaiola Tauti (ECG Media and Communications Lead) at 0212891982.

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