As of November 2011, this website is no longer being kept uptodate. It contains NZ Parliament debates from November 2005 to November 2011. TheyWorkForYou.co.nz is volunteer run, and has been in operation since November 2006.

About TheyWorkForYou.co.nz

TheyWorkForYou.co.nz is a volunteer-run website that aims to make it easy for people to track the activity of Aotearoa New Zealand's Parliament. It has been in operation since November 2006, up until November 2011.

If you have feedback please send an email to: rob at they work for you dot co dot nz

Read our developer's blog for the latest news related to the site.

Motivation

Our democracy is a profound gift from previous generations. However, democractic representation is an idea that can only be keep alive through ongoing vigilance and participation.

TheyWorkForYou.co.nz aims to make it easier for people to track the operations of Aotearoa New Zealand's Parliament. Hopefully giving you more time to determine whether our elected representatives are acting in our interests.

Inspiration

TheyWorkForYou.co.nz derives its inspiration from the people behind TheyWorkForYou.com and The Public Whip, which are simliar sites for the UK, and from people who work with mySociety.org. Specific inspiration has come from the determination and insight of Julian, whose latest project UNdemocracy.com is possibly the sole source of addressable transcripts of United Nations Security Council and General Assembly meetings on the Web.

Also we acknowledge the foresight and work of the people behind the seminal NZ project in this area, the Virtual Democratic Infrastructure Group (VDIG).

Not official record of House debates

Please note that the bound volume of New Zealand Parliamentary Debates (Hansard), published under the authority of the House of Representatives, is the only official record of the proceedings of the House.

TheyWorkForYou.co.nz contains copies of Hansard that may have ommissions or inaccurancies when compared to the official record, though all effort has been taken to avoid such differences.

Made with free open source software

TheyWorkForYou.co.nz has been developed and is run entirely with free open source software, including:

Free software is licensed to give users the freedom to run, copy, distribute, study, change and improve the software. There is no licensing fee required to copy or use free software.

If you need support, consulting and integration related to free software, there are many businesses and professionals that will provide these services for a fee. Free software is being used to reduce the IT costs of numerous organisations including Google. Everytime you use Google and many other websites you are using free open source software.

Design

The layout design for this website is derived from the free ZenLike1.0 template provided by NodeThirtyThree Design.

Privacy

This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. ("Google"). Google Analytics uses "cookies", which are text files placed on your computer, to help the website analyze how users use the site. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website (including your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity for website operators and providing other services relating to website activity and internet usage. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google's behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser, however please note that if you do this you may not be able to use the full functionality of this website. By using this website, you consent to the processing of data about you by Google in the manner and for the purposes set out above.

Please let us know if you disagree with the use of Google Analytics for a site such as this, we might stop using it if people have concerns.

Volunteers

They did this all in their spare time, because they thought it was worth doing.