One News - Opinion: Stop looking down on young Kiwis getting into the game of politics

Chloe Swarbrick is not the only young woman getting involved, there's Tessa Berger from Rodney and Olivia Montgomery from Howick, who are both running to be councillors in their respective districts and are both aged in their early twenties.

But similarly to Swarbrick, they're not receiving the same level of respect or seriousness as their older, more 'experienced' counterparts. You may have seen on Seven Sharp earlier this week that Berger's signs keep getting stolen. It's not hard to see why.

She's beautiful, new to the game and her photos look like something out of a shampoo commercial. But seriously? Why aren't these prolific sign-stealers taking Phil Goff or John Palino's billboards?

I'll leave that answer to your imagination, but it segways nicely into the aforementioned Ms Montgomery and her message, which is that she is sick of seeing local boards looking "pale, male and stale".

Tessa Berger