Long-Term Insights Briefing 

The consultation on the proposed topic for this briefing is now closed.

What is a Long-term Insights Briefing?
What proposed topic did we consult on?
What happens next?
Relevant documents

What is a Long-term Insights Briefing?

Long-term Insights Briefings are a new requirement for the New Zealand public service that chief executives need to produce independent of ministers.

The briefings are think-pieces on the future looking at least ten years ahead – they are not government policy. Their purpose is to develop:

  • information about medium and long-term trends, risks and opportunities that affect or may affect New Zealand and New Zealand society; and
  • information and impartial analysis, including policy options for responding to these matters.

You can learn more about these briefings through the Policy Project (DPMC website).

What proposed topic did we consult on?

The initial consultation on the proposed topic for the briefing ran from 22 October to 18 November 2021.

The proposed topic is: “What is the future of community participatory democracy in New Zealand, and what role could the government’s increasing use of digital technology play?”

Our briefing could investigate:

  • the ways people participate in: their communities (including through charities, non-government organisations, volunteering); local and central government decision-making; and groups with shared interests – as well as how this could change in the future,
  • what are some of the future challenges to participation and opportunities to enhance this, and
  • the role digital technology could play.

What happens next?

The consultation feedback is now being analysed. The feedback will inform the decision of the Chief Executive of the Department of Internal Affairs on the final scope and focus of the briefing.

When this has been decided, we will publish a summary of submissions and the Chief Executive’s decision on the briefing topic.

We will continue engaging with stakeholders as we develop the draft briefing. In the second quarter of 2022 we will seek feedback on the draft briefing from the public and will aim to complete the final Briefing by 30 June 2022.

You can sign up for updates or other opportunities to be involved by emailing LTIB@dia.govt.nz

Relevant Documents

For those interested, you can still read the document that informed the initial consultation on the briefing topic:

This includes more information about the proposed topic, why we think it is important and areas we are proposing to explore (or not explore).

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