University becomes part of the debate

21 August 2017

As the resigning, reshuffling and rebranding continues, the General Election on Saturday 23 September is shaping up to be much more interesting than anyone predicted.

The University of Auckland will be involved in two debates and the interactive engagement tool Vote Compass in the lead up to the General Election.

What the election means for Auckland

Associate Professor Jennifer Curtin
Associate Professor Jennifer Curtin © Fairfax Media

A debate about what the election means for Auckland will be convened by Associate Professor Jennifer Curtin, director of the newly-formed Public Policy Institute.

It will feature Paul Goldsmith (National), Phil Twyford (Labour), Julie Anne Genter (Greens), Tracey Martin (NZ First), Tasha Hohaia (Māori Party), Damian Light (United Future), Mika Haka (TOP) and Brooke van Velden (ACT).

The debate will also be broadcast on Radio NZ National at 4pm Sunday 3 September and 9pm Tuesday 5 September.

What the election means for Auckland
Monday 28 August
Basement Lecture Theatre B10
General Library
University of Auckland

Register to attend the debate

Vote Compass

Associate Professor Jennifer Lees-Marshment
Associate Professor Jennifer Lees-Marshment

Vote Compass is an interactive engagement tool that enables voters to give their views on more than 30 policy or issue-based questions to find out how closely aligned they are to party positions.

Brought to New Zealand for the first time in the 2014 General Election by Associate Professor Jennifer Lees-Marshment (Politics and International Relations) through her Canadian research links, over 330,000 New Zealanders used the tool three years ago, and she hopes to see similar numbers in 2017.

As campaigns can often end up being plagued by personality issues and billboard slogans, Vote Compass plays an important democratic role by ensuring discussions of policy, and public views on them remain on the agenda, says Jennifer.

Jennifer and Dr Danny Osborne from the School of Psychology are academic advisors to the tool and will comment on the data for TVNZ as the 2017 campaign progresses.

"Supported by the Faculty of Arts, it demonstrates how the University has an impact on society by working in partnership with TVNZ to directly engage the public in discussing policy and politics," says Jennifer, who has worked with the strategic engagement staff in the Vice-Chancellor's office to broaden this partnership for 2017.

Check out Vote Compass


Young Voters Debate

TVNZ is running a debate focused on issues that matter to young people in association with Vote Compass and the University of Auckland.

Hosted by popular broadcaster Jack Tame, the Young Voters Debate will be a 90-minute special focusing on youth issues.

It will be live streamed on 1 NEWS NOW, Facebook and YouTube and simulcast on Newstalk ZB.

The debate will feature Chris Bishop (National), Kris Faafoi (Labour), Chloe Swarbrick (Green Party), Shane Taurima (Māori Party) and David Seymour (ACT). NZ First is yet to confirm a candidate.

Young Voters Debate
Thursday 14 September