饾棯饾椉饾椈饾棻饾棽饾椏饾椂饾椈饾棿 饾椂饾棾 饾棤饾棶饾椈饾棿饾棽饾椏饾棽 - 饾棦饾榿饾棶饾椀饾槀饾椀饾槀 饾棔饾槅 饾棙饾椆饾棽饾棸饾榿饾椂饾椉饾椈 饾槃饾棶饾榾 饾椏饾椂饾棿饾棿饾棽饾棻? 饾棯饾椀饾槅 饾椂饾榾 饾棥饾棴 饾椇饾棽饾棻饾椂饾棶 饾椈饾椉饾榿 饾椉饾椈饾榿饾椉 饾榿饾椀饾椂饾榾?

饾棝饾棓饾棤饾棞饾棢饾棫饾棦饾棥 饾棖饾棦饾棬饾棥饾棖饾棞饾棢 饾棔饾棢饾棓饾棫饾棓饾棥饾棫饾棢饾棳 饾棩饾棞饾棜饾棜饾棙饾棗 饾棧饾棬饾棔饾棢饾棞饾棖 饾棖饾棦饾棥饾棪饾棬饾棢饾棫饾棓饾棫饾棞饾棦饾棥 饾棧饾棩饾棦饾棖饾棙饾棪饾棪

New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union reported having been contacted by a Hamilton ratepayer who was startled to discover the name of his 13-year-old daughter among the publicly-listed submitters for
Hamilton Council’s Maori partnership strategy.
It turned out that the student and her classmates at Rototuna Junior and Senior High Schools (and presumably a number of other local schools) were visited by a Council staff member who spoke to them about the proposed strategy for engaging with iwi, then prompted the children to fill out forms that were subsequently processed as formal submissions.
Council had confirmed these school visits to media previously, but until now it wasn’t clear that Council’s goal was to harvest submissions from school children.
In fact, this propaganda campaign had a marked effect on total submissions. The graph below reveals that 20% of submissions on the strategy came from children below the age of 16, and a further 7% from 16-19 year-olds. The vast majority of submissions supported all aspects of the council’s strategy.
This is a local council rigging its own consultation process in the most cynical, abhorrent way imaginable.
Council officers visiting schools to get form submissions is, frankly, creepy. Children will happily fill out a form without a second thought if it means they can get out for lunch. It’s also a gross violation of parental rights.
Parents were not asked for their consent, or given any opportunity to request the presentation of an alternative viewpoint to the one being pushed by the Council onto impressionable students.
This was an explicit and direct campaign to bring politics into the classroom, that discredits not just the Council’s consultation methods, but its ethics.
Tomorrow, Hamilton City Council’s Hearings and Engagement Committee will be meeting to discuss the results of the consultation process. The Taxpayers’ Union will be watching closely to see which councillors condemn the consultation methods.
饾棯饾椉饾椈饾棻饾棽饾椏饾椂饾椈饾棿 饾椂饾棾 饾棤饾棶饾椈饾棿饾棽饾椏饾棽 - 饾棦饾榿饾棶饾椀饾槀饾椀饾槀 饾棔饾槅 饾棙饾椆饾棽饾棸饾榿饾椂饾椉饾椈 饾槃饾棶饾榾 饾椏饾椂饾棿饾棿饾棽饾棻? 饾棯饾椀饾槅 饾椂饾榾 饾棥饾棴 饾椇饾棽饾棻饾椂饾棶 饾椈饾椉饾榿 饾椉饾椈饾榿饾椉 饾榿饾椀饾椂饾榾? 饾棝饾棓饾棤饾棞饾棢饾棫饾棦饾棥 饾棖饾棦饾棬饾棥饾棖饾棞饾棢 饾棔饾棢饾棓饾棫饾棓饾棥饾棫饾棢饾棳 饾棩饾棞饾棜饾棜饾棙饾棗 饾棧饾棬饾棔饾棢饾棞饾棖 饾棖饾棦饾棥饾棪饾棬饾棢饾棫饾棓饾棫饾棞饾棦饾棥 饾棧饾棩饾棦饾棖饾棙饾棪饾棪 New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union reported having been contacted by a Hamilton ratepayer who was startled to discover the name of his 13-year-old daughter among the publicly-listed submitters for Hamilton Council’s Maori partnership strategy. It turned out that the student and her classmates at Rototuna Junior and Senior High Schools (and presumably a number of other local schools) were visited by a Council staff member who spoke to them about the proposed strategy for engaging with iwi, then prompted the children to fill out forms that were subsequently processed as formal submissions. Council had confirmed these school visits to media previously, but until now it wasn’t clear that Council’s goal was to harvest submissions from school children. In fact, this propaganda campaign had a marked effect on total submissions. The graph below reveals that 20% of submissions on the strategy came from children below the age of 16, and a further 7% from 16-19 year-olds. The vast majority of submissions supported all aspects of the council’s strategy. This is a local council rigging its own consultation process in the most cynical, abhorrent way imaginable. Council officers visiting schools to get form submissions is, frankly, creepy. Children will happily fill out a form without a second thought if it means they can get out for lunch. It’s also a gross violation of parental rights. Parents were not asked for their consent, or given any opportunity to request the presentation of an alternative viewpoint to the one being pushed by the Council onto impressionable students. This was an explicit and direct campaign to bring politics into the classroom, that discredits not just the Council’s consultation methods, but its ethics. Tomorrow, Hamilton City Council’s Hearings and Engagement Committee will be meeting to discuss the results of the consultation process. The Taxpayers’ Union will be watching closely to see which councillors condemn the consultation methods.
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