Group offers discussion for 20-somethings

Three founding members of Generation WAO (from left) Saskia Broek (22), Lillian Cotter (24) and...
Three founding members of Generation WAO (from left) Saskia Broek (22), Lillian Cotter (24) and Olivia Bonifant (24) are behind tonight's free event for 18 to 30-year-olds explaining why 20-somethings should vote. PHOTO: KERRIE WATERWORTH
Young people in Wanaka are being invited to make changes for a better future through conversation rather than activism.

Generation WAO was recently founded by "a group of like-minded 20-somethings" and was a younger generation extension of the We Are the One sustainability festival and movement in Wanaka.

Core member Olivia Bonifant said it was important to get people in their 20s together as they were often in their own bubble and did not engage with others.

"We want to be that platform where they can be empowered, collaborate and bounce ideas off one another, and keep the conversation going."

Ms Bonifant said young people wanted to make changes but not all of them wanted to do it through Extinction Rebellion or other activist groups.

She said the first Generation WAO event was an introduction to politics at Federal Diner tonight and would be limited to 50 to 60 people due to Covid-19.

"With the elections next month we have organised speakers who can explain MMP government, how to research candidates and why voting is important," she said.

"We really hope people will come. Through our connection with WAO our voices will be heard in the community," she said.

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