Application for 2018 Co-President Positions

We are looking for two Co-Presidents to lead the PPC team in 2018.

The process of application is as follows:

  1. Administer your interest  here.  Applications close on the 6th of October at 11 am.  
  2. You will need to attend a meeting with the incumbent Co-Presidents to discuss the role. This is a quick, informal chat to help you assess what the role entails in more detail. This part of the process is to help you.
  3. You will then officially nominate yourself before OR at our annual general meeting. At this meeting you will be required to present a short pitch of yourself to PPC members. The attendees will then vote for the 2018 Co-Presidents. Pursuant to a plurality voting system the top two candidates with the highest number votes will be elected. If you would like to nominate yourself before the AGM please email ppcexecsecretary@gmail.com.

AGM DETAILS:

Date: 19th October
Time: 6pm
Location: I-space (Level 4 of Kate Edgar Building, 315-491)
To attend the AGM, please RSVP to this event by emailing ppcexecsecretary@gmail.com before 5 pm on Friday 13 October.

For any questions, please email uoapublicpolicyclub@gmail.com with the subject line “Co-President Question”.

THE ROLE:

This role will involve leading a team of executive team leaders and a wider team of PPC delegates. This will be a one year term. 2018 is an exciting year for the Club. Beyond general growth, we will be watching the new government’s policy developments. We will have a specific focus on professional development, competitions, and securing meaningful sponsorship agreements. This will provide Co-Presidents with exposure to businesses, firms, and government Ministries. We will also be looking to host events commemorating the 125 year anniversary of the Women’s Suffragette movement in New Zealand which will be an exciting time to lead the Club. Serving as Co-President of the Club is an extremely rewarding experience. Since we are still growing, there is ample opportunity to make your mark on the Club. We highly encourage you to apply no matter  your prior involvement with the Club.

Blog: Youth Justice – where do the bigger parties stand?

Youth justice has become a large issue this election – with each party taking a different stance on how best to rectify the problem. The four largest parties each view the problem and its solutions differently. 

 

Who do you side with?

National plan to focus on young people who commit serious offences by introducing a Young Serious Offenders (YSOs) classification. YSOs aged 14 and over who commit further serious offences will automatically be transferred to the adult court system. As a part of this, we will establish a defence-led Junior Training Academy based at the Waiouru Training Camp. Judges will be able to order YSOs who commit serious subsequent offences to attend the Academy for one year. The Academy will support YSOs to address problems like addiction or a lack of literacy and numeracy skills.

National will remove the ability of YSOs to be referred to a Family Group Conference and will also remove the ability for them to qualify for early release from youth justice facilities. Police will also be given the ability to issue fines to parents who have children lacking adult supervision, or who are walking the streets between 12am and 5am. Any breach of an order directed at a young offender’s parent(s) will no longer be recorded on the young person’s record, but will be recorded on the record of the parent(s).

Read more:

www.national.org.nz/national_s_plan_for_serious_young_offenders


The Green Party plans to raise the age of criminal responsibility in line with the UN Convention on the Rights of a Child. Young people under the age of 18 will not be held in police cells, or mixed with adults outside of their family. The establishment of Youth Rehabilitation Centres will be encouraged. Family Group Conferences will have increased resources, as will the training of Family Group Conference conveners

The Green Party will support models of Maori justice systems for young people, and will ensure that Maori tikanga and reo systems are included in prisons.

Read more:

www.greens.org.nz/page/justice-policy

Labour will uphold the right of all New Zealanders to access justice by increasing the income threshold so access to legal aid is available to more people, funding the public defence service and community law centres, and comprehensively reviewing other access to justice issues. Labour will also tackle the root causes of crime to reduce offending and make our communities safer. Their policies in health, education, social development, housing, police and corrections all reflect that commitment.

Labour will invest in youth justice centres and programmes to reduce youth offending. They will also ensure the full implementation of international justice standards for young people, including that young persons are detained separately from adults and that detention is a last resort. The party will also rectify Māori over-representation in the prison system by incorporating Māori values of justice and Māori-led initiatives, and tackling systemic biases.

Read more:

Labour’s Justice Manifesto

New Zealand First believes that reducing the number of young offenders is linked to full time employment for young people.

Greater parental responsibility for young offenders will also be required. New Zealand First plans to retain Family Group Conferences for young offenders under the age of twelve. This system will only be used for the first three offences of the young offender, and they will subsequently be dealt with by the adult
courts. Police would be provided with the power to address truant behaviour, and the
alcohol purchase age would be raised to 20 years old.

Read more:

www.nzfirst.org.nz/justice

What do you think?

Vote on it.

#nzelection

NZ Politicians Read Mean Tweets

This election has had its twists and turns, but one thing remains constant – people trolling politicians on twitter. The PPC is delighted to present ‘NZ Politicians Read Mean Tweets’: a showcase of some of the best (and worst) tweets about your favourite politicians, read by the politicians themselves.

We love the enthusiasm, but remember, don’t just tweet! Vote! #nzelection #vote17 #september23

Music: Barroom Ballet – Silent Film Light by Kevin MacLeod (Licensed under Creative Commons)

Articles:
‘The making of’ – The Spinoff “Watch NZ Politicians Read Mean Tweets”
1 News
Stuff
Newshub
NZ Herald
NewstalkZB

Washington Post
Yahoo News
Montrose Daily Press

For all media inquiries please email us at uoapublicpolicyclub@gmail.com

PPC High School Civics Programme 2017

In 2017, our civics team visited the year 13 cohorts of Aorere College and Onehunga High School to about the importance of voting.

A team of two PPC leaders and five PPC delegates hosted workshops that inspired, empowered and educated the first time voters on the importance of voting and how important their voices are.

The team worked hard for months to create a programme that appealed to a young and modern audience. They provided booklets and encouraged the students to participate in various activities. Thanks to our wonderful sponsor,  Westpac, we were able to host fun and engaging workshops for the students.

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