My Life, My Council

Team Name: 
council.life

Is my council spending my money on the things I care about? How does my council's spending compare with other councils?

Finding the answers is difficult and time consuming. It requires interpretation and analysis of complex council reports (annual reports, long-term council community plans etc.) and data.

Our team used local government data (as collected by central Government) to produce website prototype called My Life My Council. The simple interface allows people see the proportion of their rates being spent on the services they are most interested in, and compare this with spending by other councils.

There is potential to add on a range of features, including a back-end reporting service to gather information about which services are most important to ratepayers within a given district. To make the website free for ratepayers, councils and other interested parties could subscribe to the reporting service.

My Life, My Council fosters people's curiosity about what happens with their money. Knowledge gained from the website gives people the power to influence council decisions and make their community a great place to live.

 

Region: 
Used Datasets: 
Dataset Name: 
Local Authority Financial Statistics
Publishing Organisation/Agency: 
Statistics New Zealand
Jurisdiction of Data: 
Local Government
How did you use this data in your entry?: 
We used the data to produce charts which allow individuals to compare how much of their rates is spent on an activity they are interested in, with the spend of other similar councils on that activity.
Dataset Name: 
Council Profiles By Type
Publishing Organisation/Agency: 
Department of Internal Affairs
Jurisdiction of Data: 
Local Government
How did you use this data in your entry?: 
This data set was used to allowing filtering of data sets to create effective groups of councils for comparison across expenditure variables.
Dataset Name: 
Council Contact List
Publishing Organisation/Agency: 
Department of Internal Affairs
Jurisdiction of Data: 
Local Government
How did you use this data in your entry?: 
The data was used to allow website users to immediately and directly contact their council once they had reviewed expenditure data on their council, ensuring our website was user friendly.
Dataset Name: 
Local Authority Financial Statistics 2009-2013, Variable Sets, Activity (published) - Metadata
Publishing Organisation/Agency: 
Statistics New Zealand
Jurisdiction of Data: 
Local Government
How did you use this data in your entry?: 
The metadata on the activities performed by Council was used to create descriptions on our website so that users could understand what was included within the activity.
Event Location: 
Wellington