My first time up for air this week, and I have been reflecting on a remarkable annual conference. I’ll do a couple of posts, but I have an overriding residual impression from the conference, and its probably not what you think.
This was my 14th annual conference and without doubt had the highest level of energy and buzz of them all. A significant reason for that, and the stand out performance at the conference came from Young Labour (and recent Young Labour alumni).
They organised superbly through the weekend to see their core policy ideas pass the remit process, including on marriage equality, voting age and poverty eradication. They spoke brilliantly in workshops and on the conference floor, and had two outstanding candidates (Soraiya Daud and Rory McCourt) for the Young Labour rep on New Zealand Council. Congrats to Soraiya on winning that contest.
Having worked closely in the Wellington region with Young Labour over the last few years, this has not just happened over night. Its been dedicated work and an unabashed sense of fun that he seen Young Labour build year on year over recent years.
I have long felt that you can judge the strength of a party on its youth wings, and on any count Labour is in terrific heart taking a look at our young’uns. I left Ellerslie knowing that we are a Party and a movement with a bright and energised future.