We're collaborating with Auckland Council and Auckland Transport to see what Aucklanders have to say about our transport future.

Supported by the Infrastructure Community Futures Research Centre
(Read more about the research centre here: https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/engineering/our-research/discover/research-areas-and-facilities/icfrc.html.)


public consultation meeting

What is this project about?

The current transport system is not meeting the needs of our growing population and economy and is failing to respond to the challenges of climate change. But the problems are complex, and the solutions are not easy. Changes in the transport system will impact current and future generations of Aucklanders. To make the right decisions, it is important to understand what people want for the future, and what they think is a fair approach to achieve those goals.

Koi Tū is working with Auckland Council  to run a deliberative forum – an innovative form of citizen engagement that follows the principles of deliberative democracy. (Click here to learn more)

At the start of the forum, participants will be asked to complete a survey testing their views on a range of issues and questions concerning transport in Auckland. During the forum, participants will learn more about the issue, hear others’ perspectives and reasoning, and look for common ground about what we can do differently to improve Auckland’s transport system. At the end, they will be asked to complete the survey again.


How can I participate?

You will need to fill out a short demographic survey. We will then randomly select 100 participants who filled out the survey to be invited to the event. Please click the button below

The first stage of this project has now concluded.

Details about this deliberative forum:

A diverse group of 100 Aucklanders will be selected to participate via a randomised ‘civic lottery’ process. 

If you are selected and agree to attend, you will receive a $400 Prezzy card recognising your time and input. Some participants may qualify to receive childcare and transport support.

The process will involve an initial opinion poll, 2 full-day workshops and 2 short evening sessions online.
The dates are outlined below:

  • Online meet and greet – Thursday 31st August
  • Saturday 2nd September
  • Online expert session – Tuesday 12th September
  • Saturday 16th September

The workshops will be held in an easily accessible location in central Auckland. The in person workshops will run from 9am to 4:45pm. Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea will be provided each day.

The question is “What changes do you think are needed to ensure that everyone can get around efficiently, affordably, safely and sustainably, well into the future?”

How could I find out more or get involved?

Feel free to write to our email address ccl-transport@auckland.ac.nz

We’re happy to receive all queries around this project, or if you just want more information.


Find out more about deliberative democracy and the
thinking behind the Complex Conversations project

Website links

NewDemocracy Foundation
Access an assortment of valuable resources at

Involve UK
Putting people at the heart of decision-making


Real Democracy Now
A podcast about deliberation, culture and context

A radical proposal for true democracy
Hélène Landemore talks to Ezra Klein

Facilitating Public Deliberations
Podcast from NewDemocracy Foundation


Articles and reports

Catching the deliberative wave
OECD report on deliberative democracy

Film and interactive media

When Citizens Assemble
Documentary film

About Koi Tū

Koi Tū: The Centre for Informed Futures is an independent, transdisciplinary think tank and research centre at the University of Auckland.

We generate knowledge and analysis to address critical long-term national and global issues challenging our future.



Koi Tū: The Centre for Informed Futures
The University of Auckland
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