Jean is going to share some thoughts on the recent elections. You may have seen her articles in Stuff recently (links below).
Since moving to Christchurch more than a decade ago, Jean Drage has worked for both Canterbury and Lincoln Universities and the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority. She has long term research interests in local government and politics, particularly issues of representation, participation and local elections. She wrote A Balancing Act: Representation and Decision-Making in New Zealand’s Local Government (2008) and has co-edited several books on local government, including Along a Fault-Line: New Zealand’s Changing Local Government Landscape (2011) and a new text, Local Government in New Zealand: Challenges and Choices, published in 2016. She also has a special interest in women’s representation in local government; her publications including research on the leadership of New Zealand’s women mayors and comparative factors that impact on women’s political representation in several countries in Asia and the Pacific.
Some of Jean’s recent articles
- Local Elections a Hit and Miss Affair: Researcher Jean Drage says information is key to improving voter turnout in this year’s local government elections. https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/local-body-elections/112322760/local-elections-are-a-hit-and-miss-affair
- Christchurch did a poor job at promoting local elections. But what continues to be disappointing is the poor level of voter interest, particularly in our larger urban areas. https://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/opinion/116540305/christchurch-did-a-poor-job-at-promoting-local-elections.
- Local elections: Let’s make councils more proactive Unlike general elections, run by the Electoral Commission (which advertises nationwide on when the election will be held, how to vote and where to get information), local elections are the responsibility of each of New Zealand’s 78 local authorities. https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/local-body-elections/113010655/local-elections-lets-make-councils-more-proactive