Like many Asian immigrants from my generation, East Auckland is my home; and while I was studying at the University of Auckland, I was fortunate to be a part of the Department of Classics and Ancient History. In both cases, I had the privilege of growing up in diverse communities. It taught me the importance of listening to marginalised groups and the voice of those working on the frontline. It taught me what inclusivity means.

One of my favourite Chinese proverbs is  鹬蚌相争,渔翁得利 (when the crane and clam fight, the fisherman wins). It is time that we put a stop to the harmful narrative that pits one marginalised group against another for scarce resources. It is time for everyone to work together. Only when we start looking after each other, can we be unified in addressing the largest challenges we are all facing, such as climate change.

If it is something you too believe in, Party Vote Green this election!

You can get in touch with Lawrence at lawrence.xunan@greens.org.nz