Active Citizenship


The Citizenship Working Group

The 60 Second Civics project was just one idea that was developed by the Citizenship Working Group. The films were themed by the group to present young New Zealanders with practical options for engaging with the body politic.

60 Second Civics - 2013

The 60 Second Civics project was the outcome of a Citizenship Working Group convened by the ReGeneration Trust in 2012. Fifteen super committed young New Zealanders attended our 2012 Winter Jam event and developed ideas for a number of strategies to promote active citizenship in this country. This series of short films was just one - and the one that we were able to put into action.

Here are three of the films and you can see the whole set on
We hope you enjoy these (and share them!)





Vote Local - 2010


Vote Local

Being an active, engaged citizen of Aotearoa New Zealand means a lot more than voting in elections. Therefore we would like to create the opportunity for young people to explore what being an active, engaged citizen does look like. The result was "Vote Local"

The Vote Local project was a series of interactive workshops organised by young people across the country to up-skill ourselves (and everyone attending the workshops) about how we could more powerfully engage with local candidates and local issues ahead of the 2010 local government elections.

The Vote Local project was made possible with support from the New Zealdn Commission for UNESCO. The projects aims were to actively engage young people (15 – 25 year olds) in the 2010 local government political process.  Each workshop was organised by young people in thier own region and in conjunction with their local communities. Participants fo the 4 workshops registered to vote, learned about the structure of local government, meet candidates, and talked about ways they could get involved and be politically active both inside and outside of the local body elections.

Vote Local Workshops 2010

June 28th
Ozone Lounge, Otago Polytechnic

July 12th
Our City Otautahi

July 17th
PHAB Centre, Northshore

July 24th
Rutherford House, Victoria University

We are super grateful for the support of 350 Aotearoa, The National Commision for UNESCO, YouthworX North Shore, Te Wai Pounamu Foundation and the team at Local Government New Zealand for their support with this exciting new project. In 2012 we are planing a follow up project to Vote Local, so please get in touch if you would like to support young people to support active citizenship in New Zealand.



Just the Basics!

For the Vote Local Workshops some of our crew put together an awesome 'reader' about local government in New Zealand. Called "Just the Basics", it explains what local government is, what you need to do to vote, and why we think it matters.

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