Resource documents, videos and links to assist with local authority engagement activities. Many of the resources are from councils who have shared their documents with the sector via our Toolkit. If your Council has engagement resources it would like to share on this page, send them to firstname.lastname@example.org
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Deliberative Democracy Engagement
A resource hub developed by the Mosaic Lab with “how to guides” for key deliberative democracy processes
Deliberative democracy resource hub — MosaicLab
A toolbox full of resources detailing the implementation, evaluation and embedding of deliberative democracy
Innovative Citizen Participation - OECD
newDemocracy is an independent, non-partisan organisation, which aims to develop, demonstrate, and promote deliberative processes. Website contains a range of useful guidance on deliberative processes.
Link to the 4th Participatory and Deliberative Democracy Festival. Has video recordings detailing how deliberative democracy has transformed youth participants understanding of democracy, their day-to-day life and their political and civic engagement.
The impact of deliberative democracy on youth
A power point from a Design Factory presentation which outlines design thinking processes for an engagement group
Design Factory presentation.
Future for Local Government's research and reports on citizen juries and assemblies:
Unlocking the Potential of Local Government –Activating a wellbeing ecology, in place – The Southern Institute
Watercare Citizens’ Assembly (2022):
"What should be Tāmaki Makaurau’s next future water source?" – led to recommendation that direct recycled water would be the best solution to meet the city’s water needs beyond 2040.
- Watercare - Citizens’ Assembly recommends direct recycled water for Auckland’s future water source
- Video recap - Watercare citizens' assembly project
- Podcast episode from Business Lab
- Newsroom article - The Watercare Citizen's Assembly
Learnings from Victoria Deliberative Democracy
Beca's report on collaborative models
Rangatiratanga - Citizenship and a Crown that is ‘Māori too’: Boldness and the Future of Local Government
Civic innovation and local government futures
Civic Innovation + Local Govt Futures (futureforlocalgovernment.govt.nz)
Link to all FfLG research and reports
Research and reports | Review into the Future for Local Government
The Southern Initiative
The Southern Initiative works in Southern and Western Auckland developing equity programmes for Māori and Pasifika peoples in particular. It brings central and local government together to deliver the programmes.
The Southern Initiative reports can be found here
Examples from other Countries
Irish Citizens’ Assemblies (2016-2018): on abortion, same-sex marriage, divorce, blasphemy, and climate change – that have all led to either referendums, constitutional changes and/or new legislation.
About the Citizens' Assembly - The Citizens' Assembly (citizensassembly.ie)
French Citizens’ Climate Convention (2019-2020): on how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2030, in a spirit of social justice that influenced France’s Climate Act.
Home - Convention Citoyenne pour le Climat
Canada’s Citizens’ Assemblies on Democratic Expression (2020-2022): on examining the impact of digital technologies on Canadian society, reporting to the Canadian Commission on Democratic Expression, to the federal government and the public.
Citizens' Assembly on Democratic Expression (commissioncanada.ca)
Local Government NZ
Strengthened Local Democracy Recording. This session featured:
- International expert, Lyn Carson, a highly regarded Australian academic and current research director at newDemocracy.
- Jean Drage, a renowned researcher, writer and teacher of New Zealand local government and politics.
The pair discussed what a strengthened and inclusive local democracy could look like in New Zealand, including the idea of citizen juries to make difficult decisions.
Limitless Local: Exploring the Future for Local Government zoom #1 - Zoom (access passcode: 62658701)
Other LGNZ resources, including Stronger Focus on Wellbeing and Authentic Relationships with Hapū, Iwi and Māori can be found here
Future for Local Government | Ko Tātou LGNZ
The following materials are shared by Auckland Council:
Civic participation on Auckland website
Examples of "What does your council do?" type videos:
Dunedin City Council
Introducing your City Council - YouTube
Hamilton City Council
What does Council do? - YouTube
Palmerston North City Council
Welcome to Palmerston North City Council- youtube
Illustration of local authority responsibilities
Local Government is clearly and obviously an extension and expression of the crown.
Check out Te Arawhiti resources to raise the capability of public servants to effectively engage with Māori.
Know your councils settlement commitments and iwi\hapū interests
A searchable database of commitments
Te Kāhui Māngai is a useful tool for anyone to find out basic information about iwi, hapū and marae
Rainbow communities Engagement Guidelines - Auckland Council
Children & Youth
A variety of engagement methods which can be used to engage with mokopuna
Engagement Methods: guidance by the Children’s Commissioner
This Child and youth engagement toolkit was used in the development of the Government’s first Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy.
Child and youth toolkit
A resource developed by the Ministry of Youth Development for involving young people in Decision-Making
Keepin’ It Real
A Children's Commissioner 2018 Case Study
In depth engagement with tamariki & rangatahi Māori
Youth voices toolkit
Benefits for your organisation - Youth Engagement
Youth engagement in local government
Project planning tool
What is community led development?
Bank of Ideas (Great newsletter)
Bank Of Ideas | Community Consultancy
Inspiring communities (Good newsletter)
Inspiring Communities | Supporting Community-Led Development
Christchurch City Council Community-led development
Rangitikei – ‘Making this place home’
Mangakino Community Led Development Story
DIA Community-led Development Programme, Summary of Evaluation Findings
Effective Community-level change: What makes community-level initiatives effective and how can central government best support them?
Te Tohu Waka Hourua
Ngāti Tūrangitukua and Taupō District Council partnership
Tamatea Hapū and Central Hawke's Bay District Council partnership
Greater Wellington Regional Council Climate Resilience Programme
Greater Wellington Regional Council Māori outcomes framework
Tauranga City Council civic precinct redevelopment
Wellington City Council ‘Tupiki ora’ strategy and action plan
Digital Local Government
Hastings District Council virtual digital twin asset management
Toi Moana rates collection project
Christchurch City Council early fire detection solution
Hamilton City Council website upgrade
Hamilton City Council forecasting housing demand
Waikato District Council land capacity model
It’s Flaxmere’s Time
Ashburton streetscaping revitalisation
Toitoi ‘A place for everyone’
Tasman District walking and cycling strategy
Kāpiti District Council accessible playspace
Whangārei City Council Pūtahi Park redevelopment
Taupō town centre transformation
Nelson City Council Te Pā Harakeke Reserve
The Pōneke Promise
Organisation and People
Far North District Council – ‘Great Workplaces’
Hastings District Council organizational and people development
Taupō customer services transformation
Toi Tangata - Growing a great culture at Toi Moana
Whakatāne District Council ‘Better Together’
Hutt City Council wellbeing programme enhancements
Ōtorohanga District Council organisation realignment
Wairoa District Council 'Toi te whenua, Manaaki ki te whenua'
Eke Panuku Development Auckland
Hamilton City Council stormwater master plan webviewer
Queenstown Lakes District Council Whare Mahana Luggate Memorial Centre
Thames Coromandel District Council Shoreline Management Pathways Project
Auckland Wynyard Edge Alliance
Nelson Community Carbon Footprint
Hamilton economic development showcase
Tauranga transport system plan funding
Turanga mahi ki Tamatea
Takai Here Tāngata
Kaipara Moana remediation programme
Centre of Excellence for Unsealed Roads
Tasman joint future development strategy
Hastings Place Based Housing Solution
Te Hiku o te Ika Revitalisation Project
Onehunga Community Recycling Centre
Te Pae Whīra o Pā Harakeke
Te Awa Kairangi Kai Collective
A city for all ages
Stand for Tasman!
Waimea Inlet Forum
Taupō Animal Control Shelter
Future for Local Government - unlocking the potential
Mahere Hauora - Western Bay of Plenty wellbeing plan
Social wellbeing exemplars
Te Awa Kairangi Kai collective
Kainga Tupu – Tauranga City Council collaborating to tackle homelessness
Cultural wellbeing exemplars
Te Ara Atea – The heart of Rolleston’s town centre
Te Ahu Area – LGNZ cultural wellbeing discussion starter
International Association for Public Participation (IAP2)
Auckland Council's guide to involving communities in our projects and decisions
Engagement Guidelines 2022
Inclusion in e-democracy
Check out their "but is it codesign?" test. It's helpful for understanding when codesign is being used as a buzz word
Beyond Sticky notes
This webinar aims to support councils to develop the skills and practice of community enablement.
Hear international and local examples of how councils can enable and facilitate strong community groupings, tap easily into community networks and knowledge, support co-design and co-production and help build inclusive communities.
Megan Courtney from Inspiring Communities examines localism through a CLD lens in this paper - A Focus on the How not the Who – Victoria University of Wellington
This resource from The Southern Institute shares how Te Tokotoru can help activate a wider ecology of wellbeing, and the key shifts it represents as an holistic approach to prevention.
Support collaborative community-led action across diverse groups and sectors
This webinar is a good introduction to how a council can position itself as an anchor institution.
Matthew Baqueriza-Jackson is a well-respected international expert on community wealth building and social procurement.