Chapman Tripp is the lead sponsor of Policy, a non-partisan online tool built to inform and engage New Zealanders ahead of the election.
Policy launches today on The Spinoff, and enables users to browse simple, up-to-date information about the election policies of New Zealand political parties. The tool can be accessed at policy.thespinoff.co.nz.
Policy covers over 30 issues across the ten topics of the economy, education, the environment, health, housing, incomes, justice, migration, te ao Māori, and transport.
Each policy is simplified into plain English with details on why the policy is proposed and how it would work. Voters are able to favourite the policies they like and see how these preferences break down across the various parties.
“We believe it should be easy for New Zealanders to access, understand and compare election policies, so we made Policy,” said project directors Ollie Neas and Asher Emanuel. Neas is a solicitor in Chapman Tripp’s Wellington Litigation team.
“Unlike other voting interactives, Policy doesn’t ask you 20 questions and tell you who to vote for,” Neas said.
“Instead, it allows New Zealanders to see where the parties stand on the big issues to help them make their minds up for themselves.”
Chapman Tripp is the lead sponsor, while the Electoral Commission is the sole advertising partner.
“Chapman Tripp is proud to support this initiative to increase engagement among youth in the electoral process,” said Chapman Tripp Wellington managing partner Andy Nicholls.
“Supporting youth is an integral part of our CSR programme, through the likes of the Sir Peter Blake Trust, First Foundation and various scholarships, and supporting Policy is an extension of that. It is important that our youth have a voice and are involved with and interested in government at both a local and national level."
Policy is exclusively hosted on The Spinoff, and senior editor Toby Manhire provided editorial oversight.
“There’s certainly no better time for Policy to arrive into the world. We’re confident it will become a destination voters visit and return to and return to again — maybe you’re undecided about which party best fits your priorities, maybe you’re a decided voter who wants to check out what the others are offering, maybe you’re mostly sure but party-curious: this is absolutely the place,” said Manhire.
“If you genuinely think policy needs to be at the forefront of this election, use the tool, and share it with — no, foist it upon — your family and friends.”