New app will help clean up Porirua

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

Smart­phone- wield­ing peo­ple can smarten up their city on the go, thanks to an app be­ing pro­moted by Porirua City Coun­cil.

The iCoun­cil app al­lows peo­ple to take a photo of prob­lems such as cracked foot­paths or pot­holes, write an ac­com­pa­ny­ing de­scrip­tion, and email it to the coun­cil.

The app will log the GPS lo­ca­tion of com­plaints to al­low coun­cil staff to find and fix the prob­lem.

Mayor Nick Leggett said the app was still in its test­ing stage, but he would even­tu­ally like to see a web­site set up so peo­ple could see ev­ery com­plaint lodged.

Sim­i­lar web­sites over­seas re­sulted in peo­ple sort­ing out each other’s prob­lems be­fore coun­cils did, Mr Leggett said.

The pop­u­lar­ity of Porirua in Cho­rus’s Gi­ga­town broad­band com­pe­ti­tion showed peo­ple were ready to em­brace online and mo­bile en­gage­ment with the coun­cil, Mr Leggett said.

Porirua is still sec­ond in the Gi­ga­town rank­ings, with 202,059 points, be­hind Oa­maru on 306,771. Palmer­ston North is third with 306,771.

To get the app visit itunes.com/ apps/icoun­cil.

Photo: AN­DREA O’NEIL

Appy campers: Mayor Nick Leggett and his work ex­pe­ri­ence pupil Tayne McMa­hon, 12, used a new coun­cil app to alert coun­cil staff to a dumped couch in Onepoto.

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