By Jamie-Lee Bracken
‘Greens at Massey’ is a new politically affiliated club on campus – the first of its kind for Massey University in Wellington.
After being politically inspired by Green Party candidate Chloe Swarbrick during a visit to Victoria University, Massey students Liam Malcolm and Anna Hamilton approached the ‘Greens at Vic’ volunteers.
It was here that they met Student Campaign Coordinator for the Green Party, Mona Oliver.
Oliver has helped other campus groups get started and has been supporting ‘Greens at Massey’ to get off the ground.
Malcolm and Hamilton say the purpose of the club will be to promote political discussion around the values of The Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand.
The club will promote the values of environmental wisdom, social responsibility, gender equality, non-violence and commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi through activities on campus, they say.
Not too long after establishing the group, the pair managed to organise a visit from Swarbrick to Massey’s Wellington campus.
During her visit earlier this month, Swarbrick spoke to more than 50 students, highlighting how she became involved in politics.
Greens at Massey is open to any student and both Malcom and Hamilton say the Green Party best represents the student demographic.
They both say the Green Party has policies that are best equipped to provide real, meaningful change for society and help protect the environment.
“They’re the obvious choice. The Green Party in comparison to other politicial parties, is made up of real, genuine people who are involved and passionate about every tier of society,” says Malcolm and Hamilton about why chose affiliation with the Greens.
In the lead up to the election, ‘Greens at Massey’ hope to facilitate political discussion amongst young people at Massey.
The club has already confirmed that some MPs and candidates will visit campus to talk and listen to students about how would best be represented in government.
The club is hoping to see more students sign up over the coming weeks.
For more information check out the Greens at Massey Wellington Facebook page.