Five young people from around New Zealand took up the role of workshop interns to assist in the smooth running of the workshop. These interns are also considered workshop participants. For a full list of participants see the participant page.
Ali Bunge (Lead)
Ali is a full-time student at the University of Auckland, currently in her third year of a conjoint Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts. Her arts majors are Spanish and New Zealand history, the latter having bolstered her interest in public policy and New Zealand race relations. She intends to work in public law after her tertiary studies, as she is interested in the law which governs the relationships between individuals and the State, and the relationships between individuals which are of direct concern to society. Ali also attended the LivingStandardsNZ workshop in 2013.
Mitchell Denham is currently a participant of the Teach First New Zealand teacher training programme. The programme addresses the educational inequalities that exist in New Zealand by placing graduates in schools that serve lower decile communities.
Mitchell is in his first year teaching English at Northland College, a decile 1a school in Kaikohe. He is passionate about improving the outcomes and opportunities for our young people, especially those affected by poverty. He is of Te Rarawa and Te Arawa descent.
Zoe is in her fourth year at the University of Auckland, undertaking postgraduate studies in Economics. Her interests lie in economics and public policy, and she has been actively involved in MADE (Make a Difference with Economics), a student-led organisation aiming to enable students to apply skills gained within university to real-life situations.
Regan works in property sales and management in Invercargill and has a deep interest in cause and effect, making significant changes to analyse outcomes. Regan also attended the LocalNZ workshop in 2014.
Callum is currently in his third year of studying economics and finance at the University of Auckland. This year he has been focusing on public economics, labour economics and environmental economics. He is interested in how public policy may aid in solving issues within the economy and other social areas.
Xindi is a computer science, economics and finance student in her final year of study at the University of Auckland. Her multi-disciplinary degree reflects her wide-ranging interests and her desire to find creative solutions. Her primary field of interest is economics, as she sees economics and public policy as the basis for reversing poverty. She also has a passion for music, youth empowerment and environmental sustainability, and for the past two years has been involved with MADE, working to bring students face to face with real-world economic problems.