Loud, clear message on electronics
Auckland city councillors won’t be able to get away with sending sneaky emails or text messages during presentations in meetings any more.
A working party set up to look at councillors’ use of electronic devices in meetings has recommended they be “electronically polite” and turn all equipment to silent mode.
They will only be able to use their laptops during public forums if they are taking notes or doing research and other activities, such as reading the newspaper while members of the public are presenting, are also out.
Audience members are also expected to keep electronics on silent.
The working party was formed after councillor Cathy Casey made a notice of motion on the issue and its recommendations were reported to the finance and strategy committee on April 15.
There will be no change to the council’s standing orders, but chairs will remind people to turn equipment to silent and leave the room if they have to make phone calls or send lengthy emails.