How can we better understand how councils are performing?

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Department of Internal Affairs Te Tari Taiwhenua

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Candidate entries will be judged on how well they help the public and government policy makers to understand and draw insights on the problems and potential solutions.

Positivity Scale

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Pokemon No!

Gathering and understanding community sentiment towards ideas and topics is really complex. Currently most data is reported as yes or no. You're either for or against something. But the reality is that our opinions and answers to questions are far more complex than just a yes or no. ​​​​​​​

We have built a tool which is able to examine the actual words people are using. We can input data or conversations from almost any source, categorise it by topic or theme and then give it what we call a positivity score.


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We’ve developed a website that displays NZ’s crime data from 2010 to 2014 to help give us a safer NZ. We have a map of NZ with areas with most crime occurrences in bright red, least in bright green and the rest around the middle. We also have a timeline that allows the user to change the year. This website aims to let the users see the areas in NZ that getting safer or more dangerous, and uses additional data to give reasons as to why an area is getting safer.


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Loo Crew

With New Zealand's growing population and increase in toursim, how will Councils identify where to invest in public loos?  This app will allow users to find, rate and request a loo across New Zealand.

My Life, My Council

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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.


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We want to enhance the economic potential of our national parks and protect our natural heritage and taonga for future generations. We will do this by enabling people to make cashless offline payments when they use outdoor recreation facilities (e.g. DoC huts).


People don't carry cash on them these days, especially when they're out in the bush. There isn't an easy way for tourists and trampers/ hikers to make payments. This is an under-utilised stream of revenue which could otherwise be used to reinvest in our tourism infrastructure.