CivicsNZBuilding the social capital of New Zealand citizens
Project CivicsNZ aims to build the social capital and empowerment of New Zealand citizens.
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10 August 2017: #GummonMateVote Pasifika youth voter engagement initiative
The initiative #GummonMateVote – ‘It’s just two ticks’ aimed to increase voter engagement specifically among Pasifika youth. This specific focus on youth came from the 2011 StrategyNZ: Mapping our Future workshop, where 18–25 year olds were identified as a group particularly at risk of disengagement. The idea was to provide T-shirts to young Pasifika people who would then record a video and post it on social media to promote voting engagement. See some of the videos here or learn more about the initiative on our blog. The photo below right is of a vocal group from Auckland promoting the initiative.
August 2017: On the Fence
The Institute supported Massey University-led project Design+Democracy to encourage engagement with social issues through user-centred design. The Institute contributed to the development and promotion of the online platform On the Fence. On the Fence is a tool that matches users’ personal values with parties and candidates and is targeted at first time or disengaged voters. 2012 EmpowerNZ workshop participant Kieran Stowers was part of the team that helped to make the initiative possible.
For a full list CivicsNZ publications see the ‘Publications by date’ page and search CivicsNZ or use the ‘Policy Project Type’ filter in the table.
The Civics and Media Project Partners
The Civics and Media Project is an initiative of Victoria University of Wellington, the University of Auckland, New Zealand On Air, the Royal Society of New Zealand, the McGuinness Institute and the Ministry for Culture and Heritage.
- The Institute for Governance and Policy Studies (IGPS) is a research institute of Victoria University’s School of Government, which fosters discussion, research and publication of current issues of domestic and foreign policy.
- The Faculty of Arts is the home of the humanities, social sciences, languages, and indigenous studies at the University of Auckland.
- NZ On Air is a government broadcast funding agency that invests in diverse local television, radio, music and digital media for New Zealand audiences.
- The Royal Society of New Zealand is an independent statutory organisation that promotes and advances science, technology and the humanities in New Zealand.
- The McGuinness Institute is a non-partisan think tank working towards a sustainable future, contributing strategic foresight through evidence-based research and policy analysis.
- The Ministry for Culture and Heritage advises on cultural matters, funds and monitors our national cultural and sports institutions and provides advice to ministers across the areas of arts, heritage, media and broadcasting. In doing so, the Ministry leads a vibrant and creative sector, which contributes to cultural wellbeing as well as generating educational, economic and social outcomes.
Workshop discussion papers do not themselves represent policy advice. The views, opinions, findings and recommendations expressed do not necessarily represent, and should not be reported as, those of the participating agencies.