Rein­ing-in spend­ing

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

Ed­i­tor,

It’s nice to know our lo­cal coun­cil is con­tin­u­ing to rein-in on their un­nec­es­sary spend­ing.

Each of our 14 coun­cil­lors has just been is­sued an Ap­ple ipad 2 which un­til the price drop overnight, re­tailed at $799 each. That’s over $11,000 that could have been spent on some­thing much more ap­pro­pri­ate.

I am very much a fan of the ben­e­fits of new tech­nol­ogy, but strongly feel that our coun­cil­lors could have man­aged just fine with­out the ipads.

Where is this trans­parency, ac­count­abil­ity and com­mon sense ap­proach to decision-mak­ing that we were promised? It must be in the icloud!

T HOL­LOWAY, Ti­tahi Bay. PCC chief ex­ec­u­tive Gary Simp­son re­sponds: The coun­cil is tri­alling sup­ply­ing coun­cil­lors with in­for­ma­tion in an elec­tronic form as a way to re­duce the num­ber and cost of printed doc­u­ments that it is re­quired to pro­duce.

The use of ipads to re­ceive this in­for­ma­tion is the most cost ef­fec­tive way of con­duct­ing this trial. It is part of an on­go­ing process of find­ing more ef­fi­cient ways of con­duct­ing our busi­ness. A num­ber of coun­cils across New Zealand have ei­ther tri­alled or have switched to elec­tronic in­for­ma­tion and Porirua City is the lat­est to

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