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Wednesday July 26, 2017

Local portrait: Campbell Barry By Andre Chumko MASSEY JOURNALISM STUDENT

Campbell Barry is a Wainuiomata old boy through and through. The 26-year-old councillor, currently serving his second term on Hutt City Council, and said his ties to the suburb will always stay with him. Attending Parkway Primary School (now Konini Primary) before moving onto Wainuiomata Intermediate and finally Wainuiomata High School as an adolescent, Barry spent the majority of his first 17 years within a one kilometre radius. As a youth, he hoped to become a journalist, volun-

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teering for a local paper The Wainuiomata Times every fortnight. But it was not until later when he took a gap year overseas and travelled to America in 2010 that he was inspired to get into politics. Working in New York as a camp counsellor for foster children at Camp America, Barry witnessed a pair of siblings separated at birth meet for the first time. “ Ever yone a lways says ‘why’d you get into politics?’ and I say that was the main motivator. We were dealing with kids who had never seen a lake before, they just lived in a concrete jungle in the Bronx.

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“It was eye opening, realising how fortunate we are in New Zealand. But also when you actually come here and you learn about some of the things that go on, we’re actually not as fortunate as maybe what we think we are.” That October, after he had returned to the country, Barry put his name in the ring for the Wainuiomata Community Board race and was elected by a significant margin. This made him the youngest member to date at 19-years-old. Following one term on the board, he began to get community support to try out for council in 2013, as then-councillor Ken Laban was vacating his role to pursue a position at the Greater Wellington Regional Council. Reluctant at first, Barry was again elected by a huge margin, making him the youngest Hutt City councillor to be voted in at 22. While he recently conceded defeat for candidacy for Labour’s Hutt South electorate against Ginny Andersen, he says being elected for a second term of council meant everything worked out and he “wouldn’t rule out” a future in parliament. Goals for this term included getting the ball rolling on the Masonic Villages Trust retirement village planned for Wainuiomata, as well as ensuring housing redevelopments fit in with the town centre.

Hutt City councillor Campbell Barry has had a long history with Wainuiomata. PHOTO: ANDRE CHUMKO

His personal philosophy remained staying true to his convictions and listening to people. “You can’t just backtrack on things that you committed to and what you believe in. “It’s why people are so apathetic with politicians. It’s why we’ve seen Donald Trump get elected

in the [United] States, because people are just like ‘we’re so sick of how politicians act and what they do and they talk out both sides of their mouths’. “I’m always trying to make decisions which better everyone, but at the same time I’m not going to forget where I’m from.”

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Zealand screen across Australian and New Zealand from September to November. It will officially kick off during the Darwin International Film Festival. The best drone film from Australia and New Zealand will receive the opportunity

to shoot their next drone film in Thailand, with two return flights from Australia to Thailand. Other prizes include a DJI Mavic Pro.  Submissions should be sent to FilmFreeWay by 18 August 2017. festival/dffanz.

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