New Zealander of Taiwan origin becomes youngest elected city councilor at age 19

Wang (second from the right) was elected as a Rotorua councilor, making him the youngest at 19. (IG:fisherwangnz)
Wang (second from the right) was elected as a Rotorua councilor, making him the youngest at 19. (IG:fisherwangnz)

TAIPEI (The China Post) — Taiwanese-New Zealander Fisher Wang was elected as a Rotorua councilor on Oct. 12, the youngest elected official at age 19 in the district, according to news website Stuff New Zealand.

Wang was shocked by the announcement and said that in his initial campaign, people tended to dismiss him because of his young age, media reported.

In his interview with Stuff, Wang said: “The reaction changed, especially at the Greypower event” (an event for people to meet with the 2019 city council candidates).

Wang (second from the right) was elected as a Rotorua councilor, making him the youngest at 19. (FB: Fisher Wang)
Wang (second from the right) was elected as a Rotorua councilor, making him the youngest at 19. (FB: Fisher Wang)

During his campaign, Wang suffered racial abuses from others and was told to “go back to his own country”, despite being born and raised in Rotorua.

Wang shrugged off the insults and secured 7,058 votes, placing him in the seat of councilor.

The number of young people in office has increased, with Kapiti Coast District Council’s youngest candidate, eighteen-year-old Sophie Handford, crediting it to rising awareness and concerns toward climate change.

By Vivian Hsiao