Could the most interesting aspect of the current local government elections turn out to be generational change? At the moment, there is a surge of media and activist focus on younger candidates standing for office. It suddenly seems to be "cool" again to want to be a local body politician.

Some are calling the apparent surge of youth candidates "the Swarbrick effect", after the surprisingly successful 2016 Auckland mayoralty campaign (she came third) by now-Green MP Chloe Swarbrick when she was only 22.

Others are calling it a "youthquake", and pointing to the global zeitgeist of young people getting involved

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