New Political Party To Inform and Engage Youth

Press Release Kia Koe Political

New Political Party To Inform and Engage

June 25 2017 Kia Koe Party Press Release

Politics, voting, policies, engaging youth in politics,
teaching school syllabus

New political party Kia Koe
offers engagement and education to NZ youth through online

• Secondary Schools have access to a tool
online for engaging youth in politics

• Empowering youth
by inclusion in policy development

• Role of law and
justice is measured and approved by upcoming young

• Youth get to question and debate the various
roles of Government.

• Participation in successive
elections encouraged through education and

Newly fledged online political platform Kia
Koe wants to engage minors over the age of 12 and offers
those over 16 years of age to suggest and vote for policies
that resonate with them.

Kia Koe provides a better
approach for politics using four of six categories –
Information (Facts), Financial Info, Environment, Education,
Health and Spiritual. It’s easy to use tools enable members
to vote and rate policy suggestions on the website.

Koe’s concept originator Chris Kernot says when people
sign up for Kia Koe (which means ‘You choose.’) they can
comment using the four categories for a more rounded

Kernot is aiming for students to be more
politically savvy through the use of Kia Koe as an
interactive, functional political party IT platform. He says
he is anticipating teachers and students involvement at
secondary school as Kia Koe encourages discussion.

“We’re wanting to enhance what can be a special
learning experience. Students are being prepared for either
their first opportunity to vote in the upcoming elections or
when they are of age for proceeding elections.”

As an
introduction to political processes Kia Koe offers a voice
for youth. It also provides an opportunity to link to
significant news stories providing appropriate background to
new policy suggestions.

“By discussing policy decision
making the youth ranking becomes more productive, focused,
and the student more mindfully involved,” Kernot offers.

He says before commenting students should read all
prior comments. It’s by reading, embracing, including and
refining views that policies take shape in Kia Koe. Ranking
a policy may see it rise in the list. Other Kia Koe members
can then rate their personal reaction to the policy from
‘do not support’ to ‘strongly support.”

A second
view called The Other Side of the Coin, allows students to
consider both negative and positive views producing more
balanced options or scenarios.

While those under 16 can’t
vote, they can suggest policies and review the suggestions
of others, stimulating discussion and debate.

“We are
providing platforms for the education of our future
custodians as ultimately they will need to take ownership of
their own political

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