Choosing futures Waikato


Residents satisfaction with councils' provision of opportunities for community involvement in council decision-making - Hamilton City

Key points

This indicator measures residents’ rating of agreement with the statement “I would like to have more of a say in what the council does”, and their perceptions of how much influence the public has on the decisions that councils make. The community generally wants to have a say in what council does, particularly on major matters of public importance. Community involvement is critical for an effective local government. Resident perception of council provisions of opportunities for involvement in decision-making is a good measure of how adequate councils’ processes are for community involvement.

Baseline data for Waikato regional communities was collected through the 2007 Waikato Community Outcomes Survey commissioned by MARCO and Choosing Futures Waikato. Respondents were asked: ‘We are interested in understanding your views on the role of your local Council. For each of the following statements can you please tell if you agree or disagree using the scale where 0 = Strongly Disagree and 10 is Strongly Agree.’ From the resulting percentages, an Agreement Index (weighted average score) was calculated.

  • Survey results show that a substantial number of residents throughout the Region would like more of a say in what their Council does.
  • Residents from Hamilton City had an agreement index of 46.9 with regard to having enough say in what their Council does, which is very similar to the Waikato Region as a whole (on average).

Respondents' level of agreement that they have enough say in what their Council does – Waikato territorial authority areas 2007

Graph showing respondents' level of agreement that they have enough say in what their Council does - Waikato territorial areas 2007.

Source: 2007 Waikato Community Outcomes Survey (International Research Consultants Ltd/MARCO); Big Cities Quality of Life Survey 2006

Note: The Agreement Index for New Zealand was calculated as a weighted average index from a five-point scale. Results for New Zealand come from a different source than the other results and may be influenced by methodological differences. For these reasons, comparisons with the New Zealand figures should be interpreted cautiously.

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What we want to achieve

The community outcomes we are seeking to achieve by improving residents’ satisfaction with councils’ provision of opportunities for community involvement in council decision-making are:

  • All our people and communities can participate in decision-making. We are educated, informed and have the resources we need to take responsibility for our own futures.
  • Iwi, hapu and Maori work together with central government, local government and community organisations in mutually beneficial partnerships.
  • Our communities understand partnerships under the Treaty of Waitangi and representation and processes for these partnerships have integrity.
  • The unique status of tangata whenua is respected and reflected in community processes.
  • Maori have the opportunity to participate in community development and decision-making at marae, hapu and iwi levels.