The tool, which allows people to independently decide who to vote for, could increase engagement among youth, the firm says
Called Policy and hosted on The Spinoff, the tool contains simple and up-to-date information about the political policies of the country’s parties. It breaks policies down to more than 30 issues, including economy, education, the environment, health, housing, incomes, justice, migration, te ao Māori, and transport.
“We believe it should be easy for New Zealanders to access, understand and compare election policies, so we made Policy,” said Ollie Neas and Asher Emanuel, Policy’s project directors.
Neas, who is a solicitor in Chapman Tripp’s Wellington litigation team, said that Policy does not ask its users questions to be able to suggest a party to vote for, differentiating it from other online tools that are currently available.
“Instead, it allows New Zealanders to see where the parties stand on the big issues to help them make their minds up for themselves,” he said.
Chapman Tripp believes that the tool could be used to engage younger voters with the election.
“Chapman Tripp is proud to support this initiative to increase engagement among youth in the electoral process,” said Andy Nicholls, Chapman Tripp Wellington managing partner. “It is important that our youth have a voice and are involved with and interested in government at both a local and national level.”
The Electoral Commission is the sole advertising partner of Policy.
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