How does an online specialist (by day) and rock musician (by night) from west Auckland end up as a potential political candidate for the Internet Party?
That’s a good question and one I’ll answer with this post.
I’d like to think that most of us want to make a difference in some way, whether it be with our family, in our career or through other activities. In my case, some years back I discovered the power music could have.
Power of music
Words can’t express how it feels when you find out your music has helped someone through a tough time, that a couple met at your show and your song was their wedding song, that your lyrics were tattooed because they meant so much, that you made a difference to another person.
I’ve carried this feeling of making a difference with me in my career in local government (serving local communities) and Localist (helping SMB businesses).
Disillusioned with government
In recent years, I’ve become quite disillusioned with our government. I feel they just don’t have the interests of New Zealanders at heart. Despite public concerns they pushed through state asset sales, are happy to risk our natural environment with deep sea oil drilling, and breached our right to privacy under the Bill of Rights with mass surveillance.
Further to that, the cost of living especially in Auckland is crippling. An average income earner cannot afford an average priced home, financial stress is a huge problem affecting many people.
Joining the Internet Party
In April 2014, I visited the Internet Party website, read its action agenda and thought “this just makes sense” so I signed up and paid my $1.29 membership, it’s the first political party I have ever joined.
“Be the change you want to see in the world” ~ Ghandi
“If not me, who? If not now, when?” ~ Mikhail Gorbachev
These wise words and the fact that a friend asked if I had applied were what motivated me to give it a go, to open the doorway and be part of something that is fighting to make a real difference in New Zealand.
Now in June 2014, I’ve just participated in the Internet Party candidacy finals along with 21 very talented people shortlisted from over 140 member nominations. Fellow party members voted for who they wanted as candidates and the final fifteen will be officially announced Thursday 19 June 2014.
Whatever happens from here, I’m proud I overcame my personal doubts and gave it a go. I believe in this country and I believe in its amazing potential. Below is my speech from the candidate final (go to 1:08:48-1:12:38)
If you’re interested to know more, please visit the Internet Party and Internet Mana Party websites, become a member if they also make sense to you.