What the

From Red China or DCC Spookerama Productions ?
If we’re honest panelists do we get thrown in jail, receive a whipping, or worse ?

### ch9.co.nz July 12, 2012 – 5:48pm
The People’s Panel about to be launched
Most Dunedin people would have jumped at the chance, in the last few years, to tell the city council exactly what they thought of their plans. That chance is about to come with the launch of the [online] People’s Panel – a way ratepayers can regularly, and confidentially, have their two cents worth on city issues.

Note: A council has responsibility for the whole community within its geographical boundary area – that includes residents, not just ratepayers.

We’re more than willing to tell the Council what we think FACE TO FACE – and have been for years. The Council does not, will not listen. The Council has consistently ignored what residents and ratepayers have been telling it. This is more crap from Cull’s zoo and the idiot five million dollar communications unit. Start here: get rid of all grey papers; video all meetings of the Council and its standing committees and upload to YouTube as well as the DCC website – we want transparency and accountability. We know DCC doesn’t want to provide it. End of story.

Posted by Elizabeth Kerr


Filed under DCC, Media, People, Politics

8 responses to “What the

  1. Elizabeth

    The Dunedin People’s Panel will be launched next month.

    ### ODT Online Fri, 13 Jul 2012
    Online people’s panel for council feedback
    By Debbie Porteous
    Dunedin residents will have a new avenue through which they can help shape the city as the city council trials an online citizens’ panel. Anyone will be able to register on the panel through the council’s website and take part in online surveys about matters on which the council seeks feedback. The email-based “Dunedin People’s Panel” was an 18-month trial based on the Auckland People’s Panel, which had more than 10,000 members, council policy analyst Tami Sargeant said. Online panels were already used by councils throughout New Zealand and overseas.
    Read more

    • Elizabeth

      ### ch9.co.nz August 7, 2012 – 5:54pm
      Web-based People’s Panel comes online
      A new tool that allows Dunedin residents to have their say on city issues has flickered into life. The DCC’s web-based People’s Panel will allow not just the usual surveys of resident’s opinions, but also some direct questions on hot topics of the day. And it links up with another project that provides struggling families with computers, and access to the internet.

      ### ODT 8.8.12 (page 5) – In brief
      Opinion sought
      The Dunedin People’s Panel was launched yesterday. Council chief executive Paul Orders encouraged anyone who lived in, or had an interest in, Dunedin to join.[…]Panel members would be asked to complete an online survey every six to eight weeks and would be sent regular results and feedback. To launch the panel, 2000 invitations would be sent to randomly selected people. For more information and to register, visit http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/peoplespanel

      Dunedin City Council
      Media Release – 7 August 2012
      The Dunedin People’s Panel

  2. Hype O'Thermia

    Sounds nice. Depends on the quality of the surveys. Will they permit unwelcome, truthful responses or will they be tailored for easy computer analysis plus avoidance of opinions the council doesn’t want to hear?

    I get annoyed by surveys – and they’re everywhere from the magazines’ “do you think celebrity-X should lose weight?” yes/no/don’t know without “don’t know who celeb-X is” to ones that are apparently more serious but have “don’t know” when I (am I alone here?) want to say “don’t mind one way or the other”. Also, false alternatives e.g. “Do you support increasing class sizes so teacher performance can be improved?” when there is an assumption that teacher competence WILL be improved by the measures vaguely outlined with no supporting data supplied.
    We had the Great Doozy already – Do you want a multi-purpose stadium? Yay! Great idea! What about “Do you want to pay for a rugby-first stadium in which other activities may be held (to varying degrees of satisfaction) if this will add considerably to your rates and reduce drastically all other spending on maintenance, improvements and innovation in Dunedin?”

  3. Hype O'Thermia

    A.k.a. Tutae Forbrains Visions, y’reckon?

  4. Elizabeth

    Dunedin City Council
    Media Release

    People’s Panel reaches 500 members in just four weeks

    This item was published on 10 Sep 2012.

    The Dunedin City Council (DCC) launched the Dunedin People’s Panel on 7 August 2012, since when, 503 people have joined the People’s Panel.

    The membership of the Panel is wide ranging with the youngest member at 17 years and the oldest member 85 years. There is also a reasonable spread geographically across the Dunedin communities.

    Paul Orders, Chief Executive says, “We are pleased with the response we have had from people in the community wanting to have their say on a range of issues. It’s very encouraging that so many are willing to become a sounding-board to inform our future policies and decisions.”

    Panel members have already been asked to complete the first online survey, inviting their thoughts on what role the DCC should play in areas of social wellbeing. The survey closes today at 5.00pm, with already 361 responses received. This survey forms part of the wider consultation on the DCC’s draft Social Wellbeing Strategy which closes to submissions on 21 September.

    Mayor Dave Cull says, “I am looking forward to hearing what the Panel members think about our role in social wellbeing.”

    A full report outlining the feedback given by the Panel members will be sent to the Panel members and will be available online at the end of September 2012.

    For more information and to become a member of the Panel, register online at http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/peoplespanel

    Contact Mayor of Dunedin on 477 4000.

    DCC Link

  5. Anonymous

    Remember the Chinese milk scandal which resulted in mass melamine poisoning of its citizens? Hundreds of thousands sick, tens of thousands of children hospitalised with kidney stones (excruciating pain for an adult let alone a child) and infant deaths. And that’s just what the government was prepared to admit to.

    Five years on and what does the Warehouse feature? Products named after the chemical, for example Melamine Camping Set. It’s one thing to manufacture plates and cups from it, but using the name in this manner just seems absurd.

    Of course, it was labelled: Made In China.

    This page What the seemed appropriate to that discovery.

    • Thanks for spam alerts – no need to worry.
      Just ignore, we check the threads regularly (via the dashboard at pc and phone), maybe less on sunny holidays :)
      Our Spam filters are usually processing 200 – 300+ spam messages at any one time, a few still get through. These are then sent manually to the Spam filter meaning they don’t get through again.

      If you don’t recognise the poster or the url associated with a poster’s name it’s best not to click on the url. We can see that about two people typically click on those urls, hmmm not good net practice.

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