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Ethnic voices at the decision makers’ table ndf aug 2010 cc


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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 requirement to set-up an ethnic peoples advisory panel.

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Ethnic voices at the decision makers’ table ndf aug 2010 cc

  1. 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. 2. Agenda <ul><li>Context </li></ul><ul><li>Examples – New Zealand and overseas </li></ul><ul><li>Lets chinwag </li></ul>
  3. 3. Legislation, Demographics and Democracy <ul><li>Improving Transparency, Accountability and Financial Management Bill </li></ul><ul><li>Tamaki Makaurau Reorganisation Act 2009, and Auckland Law Reform Act 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>Provision to establish ‘Ethnic Peoples Advisory Panel’ (EPAP) by the Mayor, no later than 31 March 2011. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Purpose of the EPAP <ul><li>to communicate the interests and preferences of Auckland’s ethnic peoples and </li></ul><ul><li>to advise on processes and mechanisms for engagement with ethnic peoples and communities of Auckland. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Context <ul><li>37% of Auckland’s population born overseas </li></ul><ul><li>180+ ethnicities </li></ul><ul><li>Nearly half have lived in New Zealand for less than a decade. </li></ul><ul><li>More entrenched patterns of residential settlement by broad ethnic and cultural groupings </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>One council for all of Auckland—1.4 million </li></ul>Context
  7. 7. Ethnic voices on current Auckland councils
  8. 8. Examples from TLAs <ul><li>Christchurch: An Intercultural Assembly included Maori and Pakeha </li></ul><ul><li>Wellington: Ethnic Forums </li></ul><ul><li>Hamilton: Listening Forums </li></ul><ul><li>Waitakere: Waitakere Ethnic Board Inc. </li></ul><ul><li>Manukau: Mayoral Summit </li></ul>
  9. 9. Overseas <ul><li>Cross-cutting legislative frameworks, e.g. The Equality Act 2010, Equality Framework for Local Government </li></ul><ul><li>Task bound expert panels </li></ul><ul><li>Externally initiated forum, for inter-agency response on common agenda (responsive media, social cohesion) </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Peak’ organisations, MoUs, specialist government departments and using legislative drivers </li></ul>
  10. 10. Pointers from Diversity Forum 2009 <ul><li>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) </li></ul><ul><li>Three Points of Tension in Diversity and Democracy (David Bromell, Victoria University) </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>universal rights that all share equally, vs. special group rights </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>individual liberty, vs. the common good </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>democracy as a ‘market’, vs. democracy as a ‘forum’ </li></ul></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Panels: Why? What? Who? How? <ul><li>Purpose and outcomes </li></ul><ul><li>Composition and size </li></ul><ul><li>Selection and recruitment </li></ul><ul><li>Resourcing </li></ul><ul><li>Mandate and outcomes </li></ul>
  12. 12. Open exchange <ul><li>What works </li></ul><ul><li>What makes such bodies effective </li></ul><ul><li>What would strengthen and assist the Panel (Auckland). </li></ul>
  13. 13. References and acknowledgements <ul><li>Colleagues from the Local government work-strand, Auckland Regional Settlement Strategy </li></ul><ul><li>Population characteristics of Auckland regional local board areas – an overview. Auckland Regional Council, 18 August 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>Royal Commission’s report on Auckland Governance </li></ul><ul><li>The new Auckland Council’s website </li></ul><ul><li>Presentations by Mike Reid and David Bromell, National Diversity Forum, Wellington, 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Prepared by: </li></ul><ul><li> Rina Tagore, Senior Policy Adviser, Wellbeing and Diversity, Manukau City Council </li></ul>