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  1. And another shout out, by special request, to George Moon, who was also in my discussion group for the day, and had some very smart things to say.

  2. “taking more of the environmental issues on board” – we wish! Lip service without understanding the connections between environment, social and economic issues is useless – and until there is a fundamental shift in understanding, lip service is all the environment is going to get from the tired old parties.

    It would be great if they did, it really would – then we could all go home and get on with our real lives. Meanwhile, Greens have to be there and the young Greens are our future.

  3. The grassroots (even within National?) could have all the best intentions in the world but it will come to nothing because the present government caters to the corporate vote. I have personally confronted John Key about his party’s policies (I got lucky timing and arrived at a Henderson cafe during a National party meeting complete with John Key, Paula Bennett and entourage). His response to me was scripted and his body language was disinterest/avoidance – in favor of the soft interaction I observed – the cliched politicians and babies. He just doesn’t give a toss about anyone but his rich mates and backers. How low does NZ have to sink before the voting public wake up? I strongly recommend people read the book called “Confessions of an Economic Hitman” by John Perkins. A free PDF download copy of this can be found with Google. This book explains what goes on behind the scenes in these dirty little deals over countries assets, what interests politicians like Key are beholden to, and matches up perfectly with National’s obvious real agenda.

    Michael Hallager
    Young Greens Networker – West Auckland branch.

  4. Engagement will be achieved when young people see politicians and political parties standing up for meaningful issues, and sticking to their ideological values. Young people like causes where they can passionately engage and feel they make a difference.

    In this respect the Greens probably have an advantage, in that provided they stick to their environmental values, they’ll always be able to attract a reasonable proportion of people. The risk is that the other main parties will take more and more of the environmental issues on board (which is actually quite a good thing as far as the environment is concerned). If this happens, then there will be less to distinguish the Greens from the rest of the bunch.

    On the other hand, parties such as Labour (and to a lesser extent National) which have discarded their original ideological values in order to attract the so called “centre” vote will never be able to achieve much engagement from youth. I mean honestly, what is their to feel passionate about in Labour?

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