We engaged with 195 people, asking them about their views on public participation in government.
From all these people we learnt:
- They felt they do have a say in what government does, but they are not sure how effective their voices are at a national level.
- People liked the range of ways to engage with government; from digitally, to face-to-face, to a mixture of both.
- They want information and government to be easy to understand and easy to access.
- People want to work with government, they want to partner-up and co-design.
If engaging digitally, people said:
- Multiple channels and methods should be used; social media (especially Facebook, email, video).
- Digital platforms should not just be a way to inform, but also create conversations, a dialogue with a response and action.
- It needed to be safe (with a way to verify, but also protect identities) but open and welcoming to all.
In this section
We asked people at Pātaka and #WellyTech if they feel they have a say and what would motivate them to have their say. We also asked about how they wanted to communicate their ideas and opinions and what might prevent them from having their say.
The purpose of this survey was to engage with a sample of the New Zealand public and collect thoughts and opinions in regards to a participatory democracy.