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Lobbying For The Environment with Nandor Tanczos

Lobbying For The Environment with Nandor Tanczos

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  • Sun 22 Mar ’15, 9:00am – 4:00pm


Matakana Hall, 43 Matakana Valley Road, Matakana


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Pay what you can afford $30-$80: $30.00


Ecofest North

Ever wondered how Parliament works and how laws get made? Get the inside story from former Green Party MP Nandor Tanczos.

This one day workshop explores the nature of citizenship and the rights and responsibilities of being a citizen. It begins by developing a broad understanding of the constitution and then progressively narrows in on the details of Parliament, the select committee process and, finally, voting. It aims to empower participants with a comprehensive understanding of both the formal processes of governance as well as practical tools for influencing change.

The workshop is interactive and uses brainstorming, small group discussion, video and role-play to draw out the knowledge of participants and build on it. It is suitable for teenagers to adults.

Learning objectives:
- Develop an understanding of New Zealand's formal systems of governance
- Develop an understanding of how political processes work in practise
- Understand the arguments for and against an adversarial system
- Develop the confidence to participate in the democratic process
- Develop lobbying skills, including the ability to make effective parliamentary submissions
- Develop an understanding of how MMP works and the difference between your two votes

Workshop Outline:

Introductions and Ice-breaker

Talking about the constitution
- Sources of political power.
- Does New Zealand have a constitution?
- What about the Treaty of Waitangi?
- Should New Zealand become a republic?

Understanding Parliament
- Government, Parliament, Judiciary and the separation of powers.
- What does Parliament do?
- How laws get made.
- How to influence the legislative process.

Focus on Select Committees
- What they are.
- What they do.
- How to make a great submission.

Role-play a Select Committee process

How MMP works
- Why vote?
- How voting works
- Coalitions and coalition agreements

Nandor Tanczos photo credit: Lance McCaughan

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