In the new New Zealand lexicon of the last few years, co-governance has made its home alongside other buzzwords like lockdown, self-iso, WFHunmute, bubble and unmute.
In Google parlance the query “what is co-governance?” is what’s described as a breakout search. A search term which had a tremendous increase, in some cases because these queries are new or had few, if any, prior searches.
Northland is the top region searching ‘co-governance’ and the bureaucrats don’t seem to get it either - Wellington was the second region Googling it most in the last five years.
No prizes for picking the top trending topic alongside the term co-governance in the last year...
That’s right - Three Waters.
Our national interest in co-governance is all tied up alongside Three Waters.
And speaking of Three Waters of all the reforms we’ve searched as a country over the last five years - so searches including the word ‘reform’ - the Three Waters reform is tippy top.
As for the Three Waters breakout search - remember the terms with tremendous increases - that goes to ‘entrenchment clause three waters’.
Doesn’t that speak volumes about the level of interest - and perhaps confusion - but definitely interest in what was an amendment in a supplementary order paper, which is not a sentence uttered often?
Tasman is the top region searching ‘Three Waters’ again, followed by the beltway, Wellington then Nelson.
The top questions about ‘Three Waters’ are interesting too...
- What is Three Waters?
- Is the Three Waters going ahead?
- Who will own Three Waters?
- Why is the Three Waters bad?
- Why is the Three Waters controversial?
But what it clearly tells us is that we don’t get it. We want to know more about what co-governance means, we want to better understand Three Waters.
And so far, instead of doing their job and working for us, politicians on both sides have confused and politicised the terms.
That’s a failure and dereliction of duty at best, manipulation and provocation at worst.
Tova O'Brien is a New Zealand political journalist who hosts the Tova breakfast show on New Zealand news and talk radio station Today FM. This article was first published HERE