Democratic innovation

We're developing innovative democratic processes and convening complex conversations to make public engagement and decision making more inclusive, informed and constructive.

Shaping the future of transport in Auckland

Access to experts, data and research and being able to discuss the information with a diverse group of Aucklanders were the highlights for participants at...


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Citizens’ assembly case study for public service commission
The Koi Tū and Watercare citizens’ assembly features as a case study on the Te Kawa Mataaho Public Service Commission website.

Watercare citizens’ assembly – one year on
One year on from the Watercare and Koi Tū citizens' assembly, Watercare provides an update on the actions they taken as a result of the citizens' recommendations.

Partcipants at the Koi Tū and Watercare workshops.
Webinar: Citizen assemblies and deliberative processes for European Union’s Mission Ocean
Learn about developing and delivering a minipublic within a research project: The Citizens’ Assembly on the Next Source of Water for Auckland, New Zealand

Participants at the Watercare citizens' assembly.
Citizens’ assembly a finalist in IAP2 awards
We’re delighted to be finalists in the 2023 IAP2 Australasia Core Values Awards for our citizens’ assembly with Watercare on the next source of water for Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland.

Three women participate seated at tables in a workshop.
Empowering Aucklanders to make decisions about water
Watercare’s 2022 Citizens' Assembly is described by Auckland Council as a great example of empowering Aucklanders to make decisions for better water outcomes.

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Help shape the future of transport in Auckland
Auckland residents are being invited to take part in a deliberative forum to shape the region’s future transport needs.

A workshop with participants seated at tables.
The Future of Transport in Aotearoa NZ: Who Should Pay For What? Report on deliberative minipublics
Te Mānatu Waka Ministry of Transport (MoT) worked with Koi Tū to understand the views of stakeholders and the public to help develop an acceptable funding model that supports the evolving needs of the transport...

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Webinar recording on democratic innovation
This hour-long webinar with two world experts on democratic innovation, explored the potential of citizens’ assemblies and Polis to include and empower the public in agenda setting and problem solving.


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