As part of the launch of PublicVoice we have compiled a special research into Citizens Panels in New Zealand.
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.