With just over 100 days to go until the election, hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders are already deciding to back National with their vote this year. They come from different backgrounds and points of view, and have a variety of different reasons for supporting National and John Key. Here are five young New Zealanders, and why they are each backing National and Team Key.
Bonnie, Librarian and Marine Science student from Auckland
I’m Backing National because… who wouldn’t want to party vote National? We’re kicking arse on the economy, welfare reform, justice, and health! I’ve been a party member since 2010, and I am so proud of the achievements this party has made in the past two terms. National has opened four marine reserves in this year alone, developed the EEZ Act to promote sustainable management in our waters, and funded research into learning about our amazing underwater environment. As someone who is particularly interested in marine conservation and science, these achievements have been amazing to watch.
Sam, Accounting graduate from Christchurch
I’m Backing National because… well, the reason I’m backing National in 2014 can be summarised with one word, Opportunity. We all want the opportunity to succeed, to be rewarded for our hard work and to thrive in whatever we choose to do. We live in the best country in the world, and I back a government who delivers on equality of opportunity for all New Zealanders.
Anna, Law student from Dunedin
I’m Backing National… because within their latest term in government, the National Party under JK’s selfie-parading leadership, has brought us back into surplus, witnessed the changing of societal values through marriage equality and completed a number of outstanding Treaty settlements. This is a government that cares about the future of New Zealand families, and individual choice and freedom. Personal responsibility is a key (ha) value for the party, one that resonates well with most Kiwis. And I certainly want to live in a country that advocates for individual freedoms, choices, and challenges me to reach my potential.
Stefan, Commerce student from Auckland
I’m Backing National because… I got active in National just before the 2011 election. When Paula Bennett tells you to come and wave some signs in Henderson, you don’t bloody well argue! Jokes aside, I realised that National isn’t a party of fat cats, but hard working middle New Zealanders who believe in self-responsibility, reward for effort, and supporting the Kiwi battler. I heard the sacrifices members make for family and work in their daily lives, which mirror the struggles of everyone else in New Zealand. I decided I liked their aspiration and belief in National’s policy direction. I found myself agreeing with them, and wanting to be part of that positive direction.
James, History student from Auckland
I’m Backing National because… this is a party that knows what it’s doing. John Key’s decisive leadership has pulled New Zealand out of recession and National’s investment in health, education, infrastructure, and welfare has expanded the job market for many people. The National Party recognises and values diversity, and people from all walks of life. My parents worked hard to give me the best opportunities in life and taught me the value of hard work and individual responsibility. I believe National in government creates opportunities for everyone to succeed and achieve their personal goals in life.