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  WORSENING TREND

Survey results show that over the past decade Waikato residents have become less likely to agree that the public has an influence over the decisions their local council makes.

This indicator measures people's level of agreement that the public has influence on local Council decisions. It uses information drawn from the Quality of Life Survey.

Why is this indicator important?

Community involvement is critical for effective local government. People’s perception of their council's accessibility to include them into its decision-making processes, and the extent to which they feel they can have an influence over Council decisions, is a measure of how adequate these processes are for community involvement.

Measuring people’s perception of the extent of public influence over local Council decisions can assist councils in improving their community engagement processes. Greater engagement between councils and people living in the Waikato region can help councils become more representative of what residents and ratepayers want and need.

Community engagement

Bar chart of community engagement as a percentage

Year Some or large influence
2006 62
2016 46
2018 36

What is this indicator telling us?

  • Compared to 2006, Waikato regional survey respondents in 2018 were less likely to agree that the public has an influence over the decisions their local Council makes (36% in 2018 compared to 62% in 2016).
  • Across the Waikato region in 2018:
    • The percentage of people who agree that the public has an influence over the decisions their local Council makes ranged from 27% in Hauraki district to 46% in Waipa district
    • In terms of statistically significant differences, respondents who were the least likely to agree the public has an influence over decisions their local Council makes were from Hamilton city (30%).

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DATA SOURCE AND SUPPORTING INFORMATION

Indicator is the percentage of people who agree that the public have ‘large’ or ‘some’ influence over the decisions that their local Council makes. Data are from the Quality of Life Survey.

Update details: Waikato regional results are available for 2006, 2016 and 2018.

Customised data request requirements: Quality of Life data.

DATA AVAILABILITY – OTHER THAN WAIKATO REGION:

Territorial Authority (TA) disaggregation: Yes

Other regions: Yes

New Zealand: No (but a seven cities average is available)

Other countries/ Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD): No