Insight for 29 April 2012 - Getting NZ'ers to Vote

Philippa Tolley investigates why people don't vote and what can be done to turn the trend around

elections orange guySubmissions are due in the coming week  to a Select Committee inquiry into last November’s elections, including the level of non- voting.

Nearly a third of all those eligible to vote didn’t.

Philippa Tolley  looks at why people are not taking part in elections and at what can be done to turn the trend around

Coming Up on Insight

8:12 am Sunday 29 November: Insight: Obesity Crisis

Working out at the gym

Emi Suaniu-Sofai has lost nearly 30 kilograms in six years after taking part in her church’s Enua Ola healthy living programme.

Photo: ( RNZ / Sharon Brettkelly )

The obesity crisis is costing the country $1bn a year and threatens to cripple the health system.

Next year, it's predicted to overtake smoking as the country's biggest health issue. One in three adults and one in ten children are obese.

The figure for Maori and Pacific people is much higher.

Sharon Brettkelly explores suggested solutions

8:12 am Sunday 6 December: Insight: Politics and the Public Service

Close up of green leather empty seats

Debating Chamber in Parliament

Photo: RNZ / Diego Opatowski

Academics and the union representing public servants worry the Public Service is under increasing political pressure.

They say political advisers in ministerial offices need a clear set of rules to govern their conduct.

Brent Edwards  explores the relationship between politicians and government workers.