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OGP ideas from Stratford Community House session 29 March 2021

Active citizenship and partnership

Employer donate some time/resource to communities

If your parents do it, you do it. Or you don’t have time

Bring back reasonable compensation for people making community contributions – employers can no longer do it

Active citizenship - people can’t afford it – local health board/district authority compensated for when you took time off

Make up of NZ – small/medium 85%ish, large 15% can compensate for getting involved – smaller areas rely on volunteer efforts

Boring – thankless task, local govt last bastion of a little bit of autonomy, central taking it away/homogenised

Implementation -> need listening. Patch protective NGOs so hard to work together -> listening -> funding

Social sector trial 2014:

  • communities take ownership of mental health
  • NGOs
  • Across NZ
  • Ideal collaboration, consultation
  • Different regions, different outcomes

1 long weekend every month, or 35 hour week

4 day working week -> could donate half a day to the community & time for mental health

1 thing they’re passionate about to fuel involvement in civics

Partner the students up with non-profit organisation/issue they are passionate about – give them time to work with them

Maybe involve secondary students in helping/observing volunteer groups and organisations

  • Not so “news” level
  • Aware who’s in the area

Doco series – voted; politicians of Beehive level and local express ideas more openly

Fund documentaries re waste, climate change, plastics to encourage changes of consumer behaviour eg

7 Days style – comedy and levity, politician brings depth, make it fun

More civics education in schools – nothing about local govt during social studies even though its closer

Build community spirit by:

  • Create policy settings for “communital” living to encourage self-sufficiency and barter, reducing inequality
  • Being open to different styles of living outside cities

There’s nothing for people struggling in terms of land. Need to create places for people to share spaces, work the garden.


DIA – govt department exchange to NGOs scaled up

Acknowledge local expertise and love

Listen to greypower and senior citizens more about what they really need

Be bold -> stuck in a rich get richer model – be bolder on the world stage

Allow reasonable time for people to participate in consultation process & keep the dos simple and provide feedback

Top priority not to offend minister – not to help people, which is further down the line

Improve accessibility of govt websites

Annual bus trip for key senior staff (and others) around the country – example: New Plymouth office travelling around other areas of Taranaki, know your own regions -> making appointment for elderly person hours away with no transport

Govt is about public perception -> do better and go to the places where people are

One size fits all is debilitating to small rural communities

Diversity – Patea, Hāwera, Opunake all different needs. X one size fits all. They hate being told they’re similar. Even South Taranaki, 8 or 9 completely different communities

Govt depts are inward looking

Kate Raworth – Donut Economics

Too heavily [reliant] on exports and therefore imports – govt needs to recognise climate change and communicate to communities you need to care

Online petitions and things people understand.

If it was a survey keep it short and snappy

One health national example for all DHBs -> some were already doing it -> one size fits all approach didn’t work. 6 million to be a part of national one.

Govt -> old forms of communications -> online petition > writing a letter

  • No time/can’t be bothered when they know nothing will happen

When you try to be proactive it hasn’t gone anywhere.

Retrospective consultation has been happening which is not okay, it should be done proactively especially if legislative changes are coming. Being able to feel like your influencing decisions before they’re made is important.

Transparency and accountability

Transparency of political lobbying – who’s donating to parties

Greater accountability by civil servants

Govt is too led by big business

Media is far too influential – creates adversarial headlines which affect govt

Big business is driving too much policy. Everyday person doesn’t know how to engage with this/fight against [system?]

Trans Tasman resources – iron sand mining example -> money gone mad, unsustainable court battle costing the taxpayer

Review and change Trust law -> Studylink etc [visibility of assets]

Huge things get shut down for internal reason. Was it policy? Or capacity? Be transparent.

Input to government gets filtered.