The Herald profiles Labour MPs Jacinda Ardern and Chris Hipkins plus National’s Jonathan Young.
Jacinda notes her Morrinsville roots:
She calls Morrinsville home – “a place that keeps me grounded”.
When she was asked if she was “a radical” because of her post as president of the International Union of Socialist Youth, she would reply: “I am from Morrinsville. Where I come from, a radical is someone who chooses to drive a Toyota over a Ford or Holden.”
Instead, she was a “social democrat. I believe what I believe, strongly – human rights, equality, social justice, the importance of community – and I do believe New Zealand has a role to play in promoting and defending these principles abroad.”
Chris is noted as:
Grew up in the Hutt Valley. The 80s economic reforms and stockmarket crash were pivotal in shaping his politics.
As Chris was nine years old when the stockmarket crashed, he must have been quite the economic prodigy.
Jonathan Young first visited Parliament at age seven:
Son of Venn Young, National MP for Egmont/Waitotara 1966-1990. Can remember coming to Parliament as a 7-year-old and meeting Prime Minister Keith Holyoake, and seeing the shoeshine stools in the men’s toilets (they are still there today) today, and the silver butter knives, bread rolls and fish in Bellamy’s.
I hope teh Herald keep up the profiles.Tags: Chris Hipkins, Jacinda Ardern, Jonathan Young