Tararua District Council and PublicVoice are currently recruiting for the new Tararua District Council Citizens' Panel. The final day for recruitment is this Sunday 25 March.
Do you want to let council know what you really think on big local issues?
Recent Manawatu District Council Citizens' Panel results about the future of the Manawatu District have been posted on the Council Website.
It was an interesting survey which gave the panel of more than 580 residents to comment on the Council outcomes and to prioritise these outcomes.
The group ranked the outcomes in priority, and did so as follows:
PublicVoice has partnered with UK-based digital democracy company Delib. Delib has created a range of software applications (better known as apps) which help local and central government agencies engage and consult with their communities.
We are excited to be able to provide these solutions to the New Zealand public sector and see huge potential for these Citizens' Apps to assist in greater community engagement throughout New Zealand.
The three key apps that we currently provide are:
In this short but insightful TED speech, Dave Meslin outlines why people shy away from public engagement and argues that it is not because people are too selfish, stupid or lazy. Meslin argues that many times the authorities and organisations involved implement processes which intentionally exclude people from participating.
Meslin says that part of the blame lies with the fact that current consultation processes can act as barriers to public feedback.
This report supports the use of Citizens’ Panels as a consultation tool for local government. It summarises the legislative context for consultation, and the way in which councils currently meet their obligations to consult the community. It describes the concept of a Citizens’ Panel, and the advantages of using a Panel. The report concludes with a case study of the Citizens’ Panel developed by Palmerston North City Council.
A copy of this 18 page report is now available.
Recruitment has now been completed for the new Manawatu District Council PublicVoice Citizens’ Panel.
The aim of the Panel is to to simply gauge the views of the wider community and access the views of the silent majority.