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Glen McMillan Okara Ward A POWERFUL VOICE FOR OUR COMMUNITY

Whangarei youth

Staying safe in our city

Our communities need to work together to tackle anti-social behaviour to ensure that everyone has a safe and enjoyable time.

There is a temptation for young people to get involved in activities that can seem like harmless fun, but often they can carry serious consequences, we need to provide a safe environment for our youth to ensure young people can relax and enjoy their city in the safest way possible for themselves and for others.

We need to urge the community to help make their local area become a safer and more enjoyable place to live, and are asking parents and guardians to maintain a line of communication when their children are out and about.

We need to create places for young people to have a break and unwind, but it’s important to remember that there are many other people who will be enjoying activities and events and we are urging everyone to be socially responsible.

We also need to appeal to parents and guardians to take an active interest in where their children are and what they are doing. We want everyone to have a great city but a safe one too.

Our city is also a great place for young people to get out and explore our city-region on public transport, and we need to keep working to keep young people, and the wider public, safe and secure. There should be teams of safety officers patrolling the networks to provide help and assistance, as well as working to tackle crime and antisocial behaviour.

Signage warning of hazards such as locking cars. leaving valuables out of sight.

I would support the wide adaption of monitored video cameras across our city. This may cost, but how much is a life worth.

We need to better deal with the huge P problem we have and synthetic drugs, we need to better deal with mental health problems, in many cases, there may be a connection between these drugs and mental health, let's not forget alcohol is one of our biggest problems.

Music

Music has played a big part in my life, in my teens at school I learned the drums, I was good but maybe not good enough to get into a band. My father played piano guitar, keyboard.

My sister was and still is a very successful singer she is now based in Adelaide in the late 1980s my sister won the New Zealand country music entertainer of the year she plays guitar and sings popular music, she gigs weekly in Adelaide.

Music plays an important role in the socialization of children and youth.

Popular music is present almost everywhere, and it is easily available through the radio, the Internet, and new technologies allowing youth to hear it in a diverse range of settings and situations with friends or by themselves.

Research on popular music has explored its effects on schoolwork, social interactions, mood and affect, and particularly behavior.

I think we should be promoting a togetherness feel to the music, personally I would like to see one or more empty shops in our CBD become pop up or permanent places for music lovers to jam. New Zealand has a number of world-renowned music and dancing artists. There may be the next famous entertainer hanging out in Whangarei

How could this concept be promoted?

As with popular music, the perception and the effect of music-video messages are also important, could a green screen place be provided for youth in Whangarei.

Poetry

Poetry is a type of literature or artistic writing, that attempts to stir a reader's imagination or emotions. The poet does this by carefully choosing and arranging language for its meaning, sound, and rhythm.

Some poems, such as nursery rhymes, are simple and humorous we want to see more public poetry and a suitable place for it.

My father has always written poetry now he is almost 90 and still writing poetry.

Skidpad

At a recent candidate meeting at Whangarei youth centre, the youth expressed their desire for a skidpad.

Motorsport and fast cars have always been a big part of my life I have 40 years of track days behind me. I joined Auckland car club at age 16 and started track days and car gymkhanas. I owned two Fiat 125 T spec cars before moving to Nissans my current car is a Nissan Fuga V8.

let's get a skidpad I'm in, I love fast cars.

Many will notice I have quite the disability when walking or talking, but when sitting and driving I have no disability I have raced rally cars, go-karts, and track days.

see here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oA89n2Fplpg

I want to see a safe place for a skidpad in Whangarei for our youth and our older racer types like me.

Employment

Employment for youth and young people, the world is becoming far more automated. but there are still plenty of career paths that can be taken. I would like to see a local business take on apprentices and trainees. I moved from the school straight into an apprenticeship, I am always learning I think younger people where possible should stay in some form of trading. we will always need tradespeople.

The digital economy is growing Opportunites await. The council has limited influence over employment issues, but if elected to council I will ask the right questions.

Housing

Housing our youth has asked the question, how will the council help with affordable housing.

Housing is likely to always be an issue, I think saying otherwise is going to mislead. Whangarei council has pensioner housing but there is a waiting list. It is generally not a council job to provide housing. If elected to council I will certainly be asking the right questions about affordable housing, but I can already say in all honesty we may never be able to meet demand.

Population growth is the primary driver of growth in demand for housing in Whangārei. Other sources of demand, such as demand for visitor accommodation, student accommodation, seasonal worker accommodation or ‘latent demand’ as a result of a past shortfall of housing, are relatively minor.

In recent decades, population growth has been more volatile in Whangārei than for New Zealand as a whole, making the future hard to predict.

The District is currently experiencing a growth surge due principally to lower international outflows, larger inflows of returning New Zealanders, and strong inter-regional migration (particularly from Auckland)

As a result of this recent growth, in 2017 Statistics New Zealand revised upwards its population projections for future growth in Whangārei District and Whangārei urban area. These revised projections resulted in the Whangārei urban area being defined as high growth.

Drugs and youth

This is not council business but it is a question we have been asked.

Also at the Whangarei youth space, there was a request to legalize cannabis. I do have an opinion on this. I agree with Former Prime Minister Helen Clark's stand.

Here https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/political/398065/helen-clark-foundation-backs-cannabis-legalisation

And this is why I agree prohibition is not working. content from the Helen Clark foundation

"Studies show 80 percent of New Zealanders would have used cannabis at least once by the age of 25 - showing prohibition was not effective - with 90 percent of those not becoming dependent and zero reported deaths from a toxic overdose.

It noted that it was not, however, a harmless drug but said prohibition meant there was no way to enforce age limits or restrict harms and pushed users towards dangerous synthetic cannabinoids."

What I think

I read a lot I read about violent crime and general crime I read about families being torn apart, parents not able to care for their children, newborn babies taken into care, people dying in the streets fatal car accidents, whole families killed in accidents murders people running around with guns. Synthetic drugs P and alcohol are normally connected to these events.

I would see cannabis legalization as a harm reduction effort and treated as a health issue. There would have to be some rules around where it could be consumed.

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