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Setting the scene for discussion on specially constituted bodies that intend to bring 'ethnic' voices to the decision making table at a governance level. Auckland local government changes-2010 and the ...

Setting the scene for discussion on specially constituted bodies that intend to bring 'ethnic' voices to the decision making table at a governance level. Auckland local government changes-2010 and the requirement to set-up an ethnic peoples advisory panel.

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  • Royal Commission’s report on Auckland governance: The composition of Auckland’s local government does not reflect Auckland’s society. There is, for example, a predominance of older men and people of European descent in local government.
  • Formal processes of engagement appear to have begun a decade ago. CC’s Intercultural Assembly triggered after a racial incident and Mayor’s initiative led to a multi-agency forum. Started in 2003 There was council funding and administrative support. Challenges after a period of time was about clarity of purpose and ways of making the forum and its activities, “community owned” WCC set up its Ethnic Forums in 2001, along side the position of Ethnic Advisor was also established. The Forums continue with attendance by the Mayor, CEO and Councillors. Challenges are around gaining commitment on action and response from council and again, ownership of the forums. Listening forums in HCC came about as an initiative of the then Minister of Ethnic Affairs to open dialogue with ethnic communities, and has turned into an annual feature. The programme is managed through inter-agency collaboration and a specialist staff position. In Waitakere, the ‘Ethnic Board’ was set up as an incorporated society and holds a partnership agreement and MOU with the current council. A shared work programme, standing items, rents its own office and has its separate election process. Manukau City opted not to set up a more permanent structure. (It had set-up a ‘Pacific Island Advisory Committee nearly two decades earlier, within its own structure; Formed task based reference groups for instance for developing its Settlement action plan.) In 2000 Auckland City held an Asian Forum, leading to support to an Asian network, which later changed into ‘The Asian Network Incorporated’, which went on to gain a contract from Ministry of Health and operates independent of council. Papakura and Franklin councils seek views of the ethnic communities by inviting ethnic community leaders.
  • There are some useful pointers from two presentations made at the Diversity Forum last year, at the Local govt. session. Mike Reid, Manager Governance, Local Government New Zealand (Prospects for Greater Participation in the New worlds of local government reform) David Bromell, Victoria University (Diversity and Democracy)

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  • 1. 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
  • 2. Agenda
    • Context
    • Examples – New Zealand and overseas
    • Lets chinwag
  • 3. 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.
  • 4. 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.
  • 5. Context
    • 37% of Auckland’s population born overseas
    • 180+ ethnicities
    • Nearly half have lived in New Zealand for less than a decade.
    • More entrenched patterns of residential settlement by broad ethnic and cultural groupings
  • 6.
    • One council for all of Auckland—1.4 million
    Context
  • 7. Ethnic voices on current Auckland councils
  • 8. 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
  • 9. Overseas
    • 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
  • 10. 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’
  • 11. Panels: Why? What? Who? How?
    • Purpose and outcomes
    • Composition and size
    • Selection and recruitment
    • Resourcing
    • Mandate and outcomes
  • 12. Open exchange
    • What works
    • What makes such bodies effective
    • What would strengthen and assist the Panel (Auckland).
  • 13. 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
    • Prepared by:
    • Rina Tagore, Senior Policy Adviser, Wellbeing and Diversity, Manukau City Council