Shail Kaushal, a 22 years old bright young man based in Auckland has made a mark in the history of New Zealand by winning one of the memorable political elections this month. This makes him the “First Indian born to be elected in a Local Government Election in Auckland, and the only Asian Youth so far to have won an election in New Zealand. He is also the First Immigrant to be elected from Mt Roskill in a Local Government Election and One of the youngest elected members in Auckland Council Election 2016”.
Shail had contested his first election in 2013 as a teenaged candidate, his hard campaigning and 6-8 hours’ daily door-knocking had significantly contributed to Roskill Community Voice to be the first progressive team to win a majority at the local government level in Mt Roskill since the Second World War, and now in 2016 he has won and added the fifth seat first time for his team.
Shail is already well known as the Youngest Chairperson in the country heading a large Electorate Committee in Mt Roskill for Labour Party (New Zealand’s mainstream political party).
With his proud family roots from Punjab and Himachal in India, Shail is the son of Labour Party representative and community leader Sunny Kaushal. Right from his teen-age Shail impressed many with his presentable approach, communication and confidence. An impressive speaker and orator, he has demonstrated a strong commitment and focus in the mainstream Politics in New Zealand, and inspired many others. He has won many accolades and brought pride to the Indian community in New Zealand through his achievements in this field since a very young age. At the age of 16, he was selected as the Youth Member of Parliament. At 17, he was selected among the ten youth in the country to be trained in Future Leaders program by the Ministry of Youth Development, Office of Ethnic Affairs and Auckland City Council. At 18, he was the youngest Campaign Manager in NZ to manage the General Elections campaign for an Electorate. At 19, he was the youngest candidate to contest the Local Government Election from Mt Roskill and received an overwhelming vote which were the highest votes among the candidates born overseas. The following year he was the Campaign secretary for Hon. Phil Goff’s campaign for MP in the General Election 2014. Shail Kaushal became talk of the country in 2015 when he was selected not only to represent New Zealand overseas but he was also elected to lead a multilateral and multinational delegation comprising the countries like Australia and Korea as their Leader, at the Future Leaders from Asia-Pacific program in Taiwan.
In 2016, he was also the Youngest member of Phil Goff’s winning Mayoral Campaign Committee electing Phil Goff as the Mayor of Super city Auckland with a landslide victory.
Shail holds two degrees from the University of Auckland including Honours in Politics & International Relations. He is undergoing further studies and about to add two more qualifications i.e. Masters in International Security as well as Post Graduation in Immigration Law.
Shail Kaushal believes New Zealand has given him plenty over the years, now it’s time to give back.