Coun­cil meet­ings go­ing on­line

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION - By KRIS DANDO

Watch­ing your elected coun­cil­lors bicker or pass by­laws live via the in­ter­net may not be ev­ery­one’s cup of tea, but it is a step closer in Porirua.

Live stream­ing meet­ings is not a new idea and you can watch Kapiti and Wellington coun­cil­lors on­line.

When it was an­nounced last year Wellington meet­ings would be live streamed, a price tag of $30,000 was es­ti­mated. No fig­ure has been re­leased for the cost of live stream­ing Porirua coun­cil meet­ings.

The views are not high, but Porirua’s deputy mayor, ’Ana Cof­fey, said it was about con­nect­ing with the com­mu­nity on as many lev­els as pos­si­ble.

Pro­vid­ing the op­tion to the pub­lic was con­sis­tent with the prin­ci­ples of new lo­cal gov­ern­ment leg­is­la­tion and had the ben­e­fit of peo­ple hear­ing coun­cil­lors’ dis­cus­sion on big is­sues, she said.

‘‘It will make the whole process we go through more trans­par­ent – we’ve moved on from the times of town hall meet­ings and read­ing min­utes,’’ she said.

‘‘When you have a topic like the Porirua Lit­tle The­atre build­ing in Ti­tahi Bay, it [stream­ing] can be valu­able to show all the con­ver­sa­tions, not just per­cep­tions and re­call af­ter­wards.

‘‘Peo­ple can judge for them­selves the tone of coun­cil­lors and coun­cil of­fi­cers.’’

Cof­fey said it will also serve as an ar­chive of sorts.

The costs were out­lined to coun­cil­lors in a pub­lic-ex­cluded meet­ing last Au­gust.

The pro­vi­sion of live stream­ing will be in­cluded in the up­com­ing draft long-term plan, mean­ing the com­mu­nity can have their say on the sub­ject.

Bet­ter com­mu­ni­ca­tion: ’Ana Cof­fey says hav­ing city coun­cil meet­ings on­line will make the process more trans­par­ent.

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