Tiki Taane urges young people to vote

JESS MCALLEN
Last updated 11:01 31/07/2014
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ENCOURAGING YOUNG VOTERS: Tiki Taane

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The list of New Zealand celebrities urging young people to vote this election has a new addition: Tiki Taane.

The award-winning singer and former Salmonella Dub member has teamed up with youth vote campaigners RockEnrol, launching a competition for 18-30 year-olds in Auckland.

Flats, whanau and groups of friends are asked to sign up to the competition which involves encouraging peers to enrol and pledge to vote in the 2014 election.

At the end of 10 days the team with the most enrolments and pledges wins a fully catered house party with a one hour private acoustic performance from Tiki Taane.

Winners will also be treated to: free feijoa wine, food for the next day's hangover, professional videography and a clean up crew.

Co-founder of RockEnrol Laura O'Connell Rapira says the competition is about making politics more accessible and rewarding.

"We know the rules are made by the people who turn up, we want to make sure as many young people as possible are doing just that - turning up. I can't think of a better way to get young people to show up than inviting them to a sick house party," she says.

Taane says: "Voting is about accountability and having your chance to shape the political future of this country. Your voice and your vote is more powerful than you know it."

The combination of kiwi celebrities and artists encouraging youth discussion about politics is shaping the 2014 election to be one of the most creatively diverse elections yet, says O'Connell Rapira.

"From Lorde teaming up with the Electoral Commission for a PSA video this week to Optimus Gryme and State of Mind touring with The Internet Party to Peebles Hooper publicly declaring her support of the National Party."

RockEnrol is a non-partisan campaign using popular culture to make politics less boring and was formed in May.

To enter the competition go to: http://www.rockenrol.me/tiki-house-party.html

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