Want to know how your report card sausage was made?
Here’s some behind-the-scenes information.
Step 1: Surveying our members
Firstly we asked our community what issues were the most important to them this election (see the results of our survey here).
The results were that a thriving environment, a fair society and a transparent, accountable democracy were the top issues for our members.
Here are the statements that got the most votes:
Our ecosystem is sustained for the future, especially our forests, oceans, air and wildlife.
Everyone, especially children, has an adequate standard of living and basic services.
Inclusive transparent democratic processes keep politics and corporations accountable.
Step 2: Researching the core policy issues
The team researched the core policy issues within those three topics to develop 15 asks for all Parties; 4 questions on democracy, 5 on the environment and 6 on inequality.
Not all Parties answered all questions. Some didn’t engage at all, or only responded after our communicated deadlines.
The Conservative Party did not engage or respond at all and ACT only answered a few questions well after our communicated deadlines. For these reasons neither party is able to be included in our cards.
Step 3: Giving each answer a rating
Then we used Parties' answers and any other available information to give them a rating out of 3 possible options - CAN, CAN’T or CAN do better.
Parties who had a longer track record on issues (such as National and Labour) were able to be rated against actions not just words. But for other parties, we had to rate them based on their policy statements or provided answers. Where possible, additional deciding information was included on the report cards themselves.
Our rating system is as follows:
CAN means that this party makes a strong case for providing what we’ve asked
CAN DO BETTER means they are part of the way there, but it’s not good enough yet
CAN’T means this party (in practice or in statement) cannot provide what we’ve asked
A question mark means this party never responded
Step 4: Producing the report cards
Compiling those all the Parties answers and our ratings, we designed easy-to-use report cards that are now freely available to view and download online.
They are designed to help progressive Kiwis feel more informed and confident voting on the issues that matter to them this election.
What can I do?
Empower as many Kiwis as you can - share the report cards with everyone you know.
Do you know someone who cares about protecting our ecosystems but isn’t sure who to vote for?
Do you have friends who feel passionate about a fair go for all, but don’t know where Parties stand on those issues?
Does your community group want to know which Parties will protect our precious democracy?
We hope you’ll have a look around and find the ones that are most relevant to your friends and family.