Last week we had the great honour of hosting Delib Managing Director, Craig Thomler for a whirlwind tour of New Zealand where he presented a speech titled 'Transforming Public Engagement Through Social Media'.
Craig presented to wide array of groups from both central and local governement. A copy of the presentation is available below.
With New Zealand’s council currently in full swing into long term planning, it is a good time to consider the important role a citizens' panel can have during the planning process.
A citizens’ panel can be useful in two key areas:
- · Long-Term Plan Development – Testing and Pre-Consultation
- · Long-Term Plan – Public Consultation
1. Long-Term Plan Development – Testing and Pre-Consultation
A citizens’ panel gives immediate access to a representative sample of the community. This provides council planners an invaluable tool to pre-test assumptions their planning is based upon, and allows for fine tuning the plans before they go to public consultation.
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: