Opening The Election: June Update
Affordable Housing HiveMind Discussion
The first of our pre-Election HiveMind explorations will go live on Scoop next week with a highly important topic for most New Zealanders - Affordable Housing.
This participatory exploration will be based on ideas and approaches to ensuring affordable housing for all New Zealanders proposed by various respected organisations. You, our readers, can indicate your support, disagreement, comment on these views or suggest alternative solutions.
HiveMind uses a collaborative decision making tool that automatically generates a running display and a count of the views that receive the most support, independent of any personal bias. We provide some initial starting statements from the span of views already in the public arena, and also links to background material for those interested in looking further. We will reference material already published by the spectrum of agencies and interests involved - such as those representing renters, home buyers, the homeless, landlords, providers of social and community housing, property developers, local bodies, government agencies.
Hopefully, we can explore and develop further efficient and compassionate affordable housing ideas together.
Scoop’s HiveMind Series
This June HiveMind is the first of several interactive discussions we are hosting before the election on topics of vital interest for New Zealanders.
We want to provide a neutral platform where people can explore ideas generated by respected organisations, sourced from evidence. This builds a robust profile of what is generally accepted, as well as generating new ideas to inform pre-election public debate.
A good way for you to see what HiveMind can achieve would be to look at our use of HiveMind last November to examine ideas in the debate on dietary sugar and public health (reference).
Ads for Good
Scoop has started delivering the promised advertising on Scoop for the winners of our Ads for Good campaign. This assists these social good organisations to build their profile and bring their causes to the attention of New Zealanders and politicians in the lead up to the election.
In total Scoop has committed to delivering 2,000,000 Ads for Good in the lead up to the election. The placement of advertisements is determined with the organisations and take place between Monday 15 May and the election date of 23 September.
Six campaigns were voted winners based on votes received by Scoop’s supporters during our Opening the Election fundraising. From a total of 15 entrants, the votes resulted in 6 leading campaigns:
1. Basic Income New Zealand awarded 600,000 Ads for Good to promote a basic income to ensure every New Zealander can live in safety and lead a prosperous life.
2. Double the Quota: Doing our Bit - awarded 300,000 Ads for Good for a campaign to double NZs refugee quota to 1500 places and provide the associated funding.
3. Eat My Lunch - awarded 225,000 Ads for Good to tackle child poverty through a social enterprise business providing school lunches.
4. Lifeline - awarded 225,000 Ads for Good to prevent suicide in New Zealand by providing support to people in crisis through the Lifeline 24/7 helpline.
5. Stop the Sanctions: Auckland Action Against Poverty - awarded 150,000 Ads for Good for a campaign to stop sanctions that force sole mothers to pay $22-$28 per child, per week, if the child's father is not named on the birth certificate, a policy that severely disproportionately affects women and Māori.
6. The Kiwi Bottle Drive: New Zealand Product Stewardship Council - awarded 100,000 Ads to campaign to re-introduce a Cash for Containers scheme (bottle deposit scheme) that will reduce litter, keep plastic out of the oceans, create jobs and provide cash for kids and communities.
In addition Scoop awarded 50,000 ads to each of these campaigns:
Access Matters (Disabled People’s Organisations, Disability Service Providers and disability advocacy organisations) working to create a fully accessible New Zealand,
Arts Access Aotearoa working to increase access to the arts and creativity for all in New Zealand,
Lifewise Big Sleepout working to give insight about sleeping rough and raise funds to tackle homelessness.
Campaign against the Weapons Expo: Peace Action Wellington’s campaign against the Weapons Expo in 2017.
Dementia Auckland working to ensure people with dementia receive quality care and support (numbers with dementia set to triple by 2050).
Mindfulness for Change a prototype community integrating embodied mindfulness practice with new tools for change to make a bigger impact than any of us can make alone.
Peace Movement Aotearoa (PMA) is the national networking peace organisation in Aotearoa New Zealand, for anyone interested in peace, social justice and human rights.
Treat Her Right:The New Zealand Council of Trade Unions building an online community of people who care about equal pay who think it’s time to pay the sisters the same as the misters.
The Wellington Glean Report alerting over 1000 subscribers in the Wellington region to science and knowledge events.
Open the Election Sponsors
We thank very sincerely the nine major sponsors that came forward for Scoop during the Opening the Election Fundraising. Their logos appear on the side panel of the Politics Page. They are:
The Maori Party
Public Good for Aotearoa/New Zealand
Mindfulness for Change
Coalition for Better Broadcasting
Campaign for Equal Value Equal Pay
We also thank the 25 organisations that during the Opening the Election Fundraising became accredited as licensed to use Scoop professionally in their organisations.
While Scoop remains free to all readers for personal use without paywalls, organisations where staff use Scoop professionally become accredited by purchasing a Scoop licence, this contributes to our costs to be able to provide Scoop.