Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) has announced ‘major partners’ in building its Vote 2019 campaign to lift the nationwide voter turnout in local government elections across the country.
The push is a response to declining voter turnout since the 1980’s, which LGNZ’s campaign will aim to reverse by consulting with local councils, community and business groups and other stakeholders to showcase the value local government provides to communities across the country
LGNZ President Dave Cull welcomes a range of major partners coming on board, including the Ministry for Women, Policy, Federated Farmers, Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce, Employers & Manufacturers Association, Wellington Chamber of Commerce, Multicultural NZ, Neighbourly and the New Zealand Public Service Association.
“Getting these major partners on board is integral to the Vote 2019 campaign – they’ll each bring their own expertise and networks to help reach and inspire voters and candidates. They can relate and extend Vote 2019’s messages to their audiences, increasing the reception and reach of the campaign while using the wider platform to promote their message.”
Mr Cull said LGNZ research shows a significant number of citizens are interested in the local government process but don’t vote, or want to vote but say it’s too hard to find the information to make an informed decision about candidates.