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The Otago Re­gional Coun­cil (ORC) is reg­u­larly ac­cused of be­ing Dunedin-cen­tric.

Last week I was look­ing for in­for­ma­tion about the up­com­ing by-elec­tion on the ORC web­site. Frus­trated I could not find the dates I emailed the re­turn­ing of­fi­cer, who hap­pens to be based at the Dunedin City Coun­cil (DCC).

She sent me the link to all of the in­for­ma­tion I re­quired - on the DCC web­site.

I pointed out that I thought this was a bit odd. It is an ORC by­elec­tion and it is for the Dun­stan Ward. Vot­ers there­fore live in the Queen­stown Lakes and Cen­tral Otago District Coun­cil ar­eas. In­deed it never crossed my mind to check the DCC web­site.

The in­for­ma­tion is now on the ORC web­site (still with a link to DCC for in­for­ma­tion on the can­di­dates) but if the ORC wants to be con­sid­ered more open and avail­able to its rate payer base it would do well to re-con­sider its com­mu­ni­ca­tion chan­nels.

deb­bie.jamieson@fair­fax­me­dia.co.nz

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