Ethnic voices at the decision makers' table ndf aug 2010 ccPresentation Transcript
A chinwag on experiences, learnings and insights Hosted by: AUCKLAND LOCAL GOVERNMENT STAFF Monica Sharma, Team Leader, Cultural Wellbeing, Waitakere City Rina Tagore, Snr Policy Adviser, Wellbeing & Diversity, Manukau City NATIONAL DIVERSITY FORUM Christchurch Convention Centre 3.30 pm, 22 August 2010 Ethnic voices at the Decision Makers’ Table
Examples – New Zealand and overseas
Legislation, Demographics and Democracy
Improving Transparency, Accountability and Financial Management Bill
Tamaki Makaurau Reorganisation Act 2009, and Auckland Law Reform Act 2010
Provision to establish ‘Ethnic Peoples Advisory Panel’ (EPAP) by the Mayor, no later than 31 March 2011.
Purpose of the EPAP
to communicate the interests and preferences of Auckland’s ethnic peoples and
to advise on processes and mechanisms for engagement with ethnic peoples and communities of Auckland.
37% of Auckland’s population born overseas
Nearly half have lived in New Zealand for less than a decade.
More entrenched patterns of residential settlement by broad ethnic and cultural groupings
One council for all of Auckland—1.4 million
Ethnic voices on current Auckland councils
Examples from TLAs
Christchurch: An Intercultural Assembly included Maori and Pakeha
Wellington: Ethnic Forums
Hamilton: Listening Forums
Waitakere: Waitakere Ethnic Board Inc.
Manukau: Mayoral Summit
Cross-cutting legislative frameworks, e.g. The Equality Act 2010, Equality Framework for Local Government
Task bound expert panels
Externally initiated forum, for inter-agency response on common agenda (responsive media, social cohesion)
‘ Peak’ organisations, MoUs, specialist government departments and using legislative drivers
Pointers from Diversity Forum 2009
What will the new legislation (TAFM) mean for community engagement, participation and representation? Less representation and more of a strategic focus? Who is at the decision making table? (Mike Reid, LGNZ)
Three Points of Tension in Diversity and Democracy (David Bromell, Victoria University)
universal rights that all share equally, vs. special group rights
individual liberty, vs. the common good
democracy as a ‘market’, vs. democracy as a ‘forum’
Panels: Why? What? Who? How?
Purpose and outcomes
Composition and size
Selection and recruitment
Mandate and outcomes
What makes such bodies effective
What would strengthen and assist the Panel (Auckland).
References and acknowledgements
Colleagues from the Local government work-strand, Auckland Regional Settlement Strategy
Population characteristics of Auckland regional local board areas – an overview. Auckland Regional Council, 18 August 2010
Royal Commission’s report on Auckland Governance
The new Auckland Council’s website
Presentations by Mike Reid and David Bromell, National Diversity Forum, Wellington, 2009
Rina Tagore, Senior Policy Adviser, Wellbeing and Diversity, Manukau City Council