Tag Archives: Politics

A Player in the Local Democracy

It’s local election time in Auckland, but according to the NZ Herald, only 12% of Aucklanders have sent back their voting papers, which is really such a pity. Not only are we lucky to live in a democracy, we’re extra lucky to have a voting system that’s so easy to accommodate – all you need to do is tick some boxes then pop your voting paper in the post!

So this has gotten me thinking. Why don’t we vote? I think it’s too easy to just write it off as a mass of apathetic citizens… in fact, I’m starting to wonder if part of the problem is that not everyone understands civics and how our city is run. I’m not sure if it’s taught in schools. I only know the very basics myself, which I’ve picked up from here and there as an adult.

So when I came across this great little video about local elections and why it’s important to vote, I just had to share!

From an instructional design point of view, this is a very simple concept that would be easy to replicate in powerpoint or in Flash if you were so inclined. I found it engaging – moreso than if I had switched onto the 6 o’clock news and saw this as an opinion piece. It’s so easy for political issues, big and small, to become bogged down in detail, and become less accessible to the everyman, that I found this truly refreshing. Well done, Matai Media and 60s Civics!

PS: 60s Civics actually have a series of great videos that serve as introductions to government processes and structures (civics, a term not used all that often in NZ), a great starting point if you want to bone up on local government.

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Friday Infographic: 120 Years of Women’s Suffrage in NZ

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This week we’re celebrating Women’s Suffrage Week in NZ, and it’s a big anniversary – 120 years! That’s right, NZ were the first country in the world to give women the vote. Bravo!

To mark the occasion, Statistics NZ released this very awesome infographic.

Elizabeth_Yates,_New_ZealandI particularly enjoy the ‘Female Firsts’ part of the graphic, which says that the first NZ female mayor was appointed in 1893. This was Elizabeth Yates, mayor of Onehunga from 1893-1894 and the first woman mayor in the whole British Empire. By the end of her term she had succeeded in reducing the debt of the council, kept the streets and footpaths maintained and lobbied for the Onehunga Cemetery Bill.

Image Credit: Statistics NZ, Wikipedia

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