Youth with no previous experience took out the regional award for Best Cinematography and came in 2nd place overall with Runner Up on HP48Hours awards night (2017). We also got the the National finals, how’s that for some randomly thrown together youth from the Te Puke/Maketu region!

I am passionate about film and the creatives. Digital media is our future and to have youth with “zero” previous experience take out regional awards like this, is why I stand for youth. Youth need opportunities but too many are frightened by their own assumptions that youth are incapable of achieving anything of significance. That is where I am different and why I stand in the local body elections. I see the needs, hear their stories and gather around youth with action. Tracey and I are very passionate about creating opportunities for growth, inclusion and leadership.

Despite the Western Bay of Plenty long term plan and community engagement plans containing youth directives, youth opportunities are lacking within the WBOPDC and for some reason, such focus, training and opportunities are ignored within their own infrastructure. My priority is for this ill feeling toward youth, be quashed, and some checks and balances (diversity and inclusion) are envisioned within WBOP council operations for the sustainability of our future.