Church and State is a new political interview series hosted by 19-year-old musician and first-time voter Church, from Church & AP.

In this episode he speaks to the deputy leader of the ACT Party, Brooke Van Velden.

Church initially wanted to speak to the leader of the ACT Party David Seymour, but apparently he was too busy. So Church talked to Brooke about benefits, euthanasia, and why her party is so popular all of a sudden.

Brooke Van Velden is 27 (turning 28 just before the election). She’s never been an MP before but she’s already deputy leader of her party. Over the last three years she’s worked behind the scenes at Parliament as a political and media director for David Seymour, and was the key figure behind the End of Life Choice Act.

You can watch our episode with National leader Judith Collins here, NZ First leader Winston Peters here, Greens co-leader Marama Davidson here, and Labour leader Jacinda Ardern here

This year’s election is on October 17th. You can enrol to vote at