Opening the Election - Scoop launches Election Q&A website
He hui tōrangapū mō ngā tāngata katoa - A political meeting for everyone.
Scoop is launching the Any Questions website for the 2017 election today. Any Questions is a Q & A website where New Zealanders can ask the questions of political parties in the lead up to the election. This is part of our “Opening the Election” initiative. It’s an easy way to find out party positions and allows you to view candidates’ answers side by side. It’s also a way for you to make your voice heard this election, and get the parties talking about the things that are important to you.
If this sounds familiar, we have used the popular AskAway project from the 2014 election as the base of our website. AskAway was part of the Design and Democracy Project at Massey University. Each week through till the election we will ask the spokespeople from each party for responses to the most popular questions.
You can find Any Questions on Scoop’s Election 2017 page from today.
To kick off the questions we will be posting some of our own questions that arose out of Scoop’s Making Housing Affordable HiveMind project. Our questions are about the issues where participants held a common view irrespective of the three broad opinion group our study identified. Based on their answers to other questions these opinion groups were broadly described as
• pro-evidence & looking to the future
• free market
• state intervention
Joining is easy with a FaceBook, Twitter account or an email address. It’ll be fun and compelling and hopefully you’ll want to come back again and again.
Questions in Te Reo
Yes please. Unfortunately we didn’t have the capacity to arrange a Māori language translation of the Any Questions dialogue, but if you put your questions in te reo we will aim to get them addressed by the spokespeople.
Want to volunteer?
We still have space for one or two more volunteers for the Any Questions project to ensure it runs smoothly. If you have some spare time (just a couple of hours would be great) between now and the election we’d be delighted if you could contact us. Please contact Jan Rivers or the Scoop’s Services email. Details are on the contact page.