ANAHERA PICKERING

Future Leader, songwriter, producer and voting enthusiast


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Anahera was born and raised in Whangarei. In 2008 she moved to Australia to live with her mum before returning to New Zealand in 2013. Soon after returning, Anahera became aware of many of the social issues facing her hometown. Not long after her 18th birthday, Anahera found herself being homeless alongside other Maori youth. Because of her current status and age, she and many others were not able to access the help and support they needed. She struggled with her mental health as a result.

Anahera was strong. She fought to make sure that her situation did not dictate her future. She refused to give up. Now she’s world famous in New Zealand for a song she co-wrote and produced called What's my why? For my family. What's my why? For my future. The song encourages youth to vote and the video supports this. The Electoral Commission picked up on it and used for Northland’s bi-election in 2015. It became a part of the youth advocate trial programme and was later extended to South Auckland, Hamilton, Rotorua, and Gisborne.