The 42 participants were asked to consider the question, ‘We need to find a balance between what Wellington City Council could deliver, and what resource it has available, which is fair to everyone. How might we do this?’
Their report provides advice about revenue, capital expenditure, open spaces, housing, community funding and process, and has been presented to the Mayor and Councillors to help inform decision-making on the 2024-34 Long-term Plan.
Full report (3MB PDF)
“We were able to give Council a really good, in-depth view of how Wellingtonians are feeling,” says Citizens’ Assembly member Hinetiwai Emmerson-Marchant. “It makes you feel like you’re being listened to – and you’re being heard.”
Citizens’ Assemblies are a form of deliberative democracy. They focus on collaborative decision-making by bringing a diverse and representative group together, to deliberate and make an informed decision on a complex topic where there is strong public interest.
Invitations were sent to 10,000 randomly selected Wellington addresses. Around 800 people responded, and the participants were selected by an independent research agency to represent Wellington’s population in terms of age (16+), gender, ethnicity, education levels, and home ownership.
Mayor Tory Whanau says she was excited to read the advice from the Assembly, which would make a valuable contribution to future decision making.
“It really has the community at the forefront, which is exactly the way we need to be thinking.”
Councillor Rebecca Matthews, Chair of the Long-term Plan, Finance and Performance Committee, says it was a real privilege to hear from the Assembly and receive their report.
“I was blown away by the diversity of the group, the energy in the room and the quality of their mahi. It’s a rare opportunity to get informed, considered, collaborative advice from a group that is genuinely representative of Wellingtonians. Their work will help shape the draft Long-term Plan that will go out for wider community consultation next year.”
The Citizens' Assembly is one of a number of opportunities for Wellingtonians to provide input into the development of the 2024-34 Long-term Plan.
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