What is a citizens’ assembly?
A citizens’ assembly is a form of collaborative decision-making focused on bringing a diverse and representative group together, to deliberate and make an informed decision on a complex topic.
The focus is not on finding a perfect solution, but a decision that everyone in the group can ‘live with’, in which the trade-offs are understood and weighed up.
What will the citizens’ assembly discuss?
We’re asking them to help answer: “What should be the next source (or sources) of water for Auckland?”
This means that from July – September:
- We will bring 36-40 citizens together for four days (Saturdays 6 and 20 August and 10 and 24 September).
- We will provide information so they can understand the complexity of this issue and the different water source options. This information will include written material as well as presentations from a variety of experts and stakeholders, some of which will be pre-selected and some of which will be chosen by the participants.
- They will deliberate (a facilitated, reasoned and respectful discussion) over the question to see what consensus emerges.
- At the end, they will write a report and present it to our leadership team.
- The leadership will respond and explain how these recommendations will be used to make the new water infrastructure plan.
Our intention is for the participants to work through different perspectives and trade-offs to come to a consensus that helps build a resilient water source past 2040.
The citizens’ assembly will help to answer the question:
“What should be the next source (or sources) of water for Auckland?”
What are the other ways I could get involved?
If you are a citizen:
Write to our email address email@example.com
If you are a business, community group or large stakeholder:
Stakeholder submissions have closed. If you have further suggestions and questions, please write to our email address firstname.lastname@example.org.