Meet the policy

Sep 12th, 2017 | By | Category: Hot Topics, Latest News
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Advanced voting has opened in the general election but for those still agonising over the decision on who to vote for help is at hand.

A number of organisations have stepped up to produce useful tools to help people navigate the welter of policies offered by political parties.

We’ve gathered the best of them here to help Tamahere and Matangi locals make an informed choice.

On a roll?

If you are enrolled to vote you should already have received your voter pack with its handy Easy Vote Card along with information about where and when to vote, and who you can vote for.

If you haven’t received the pack you can check whether you are enrolled, update details or enrol here on the Electoral Commission website.

You can enrol right up to Friday, September 22, including at an advance voting place, but not on election day itself.

To find out which candidates and parties are standing in your electorate, and where polling booths, including advance voting places, check here.

All the policy you can eat

Several organisations offer tools and guides to party policy, including the “gameful questionnaire” On The Fence, which is expressly designed to appeal to young voters.

Check out On the Fence here.

Vote Compass is a tool developed by political scientists that calculates how your political views compare with the public policy positions of parties in New Zealand. Check out Vote Compass here.

The Spinoff website’s guide to the parties’ policies allows you to assess where you stand on the political spectrum and also collect and save policy into your own My Policy page. Check it out here.

The financial website, interest.co.nz, has also collected party policy into useful pick and mix summaries. Check it out here.

Why should you bother?

The Government has a real impact on your everyday life, On the Fence points out.

“It shapes your country’s present and future. Voting in the General Election is a powerful way for you to influence who is responsible for making decisions about the services and issues that matter most to you. It’s an opportunity to have your say!”

So, while the Government has a real-world impact on our daily lives, there has been a general decline in the number of people deciding who represents us in Parliament. Only 47% of young people aged 18-29 voted in the 2014 General Election, whereas 87% of people over 65 voted.

So, spread the word!

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