Com­mu­nity board livestreams meeting

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Those want­ing to tune into the Kaikohe-Hokianga Com­mu­nity Board meet­ings from afar, now have the op­por­tu­nity with live stream­ing set to con­tinue.

The first stream was con­ducted from their May 31 meeting at Waipuna Marae in Pan­guru and hosted on the com­mu­nity board’s Face­book page.

Board chair­per­son Mike Ed­monds says af­ter speak­ing with the Horowhenua Dis­trict Coun­cil mayor Michael Feyen at a com­mu­nity board con­fer­ence he found out how to stream meet­ings via Face­book for view­ers to watch live or at a later time.

‘‘I thought if he [Feyen] could do it, I can do it,’’ Ed­monds says.

While the sound qual­ity wasn’t as good as he would have liked, Ed­monds says he thought the en­gage­ment with the live stream was amaz­ing.

He says 1700 peo­ple went to the Face­book post, while 600 peo­ple watched the video.

Ed­monds says 900 peo­ple had en­gaged since the meeting was con­ducted.

‘‘Peo­ple have gone to the site as they heard about it. That’s what we want.’’

The first stream was also the first time any com­mu­nity board in the Far North had livestreamed a meeting.

The next planned stream is for

‘‘We are hop­ing we can en­gage with the com­mu­nity more and gen­er­ate more in­ter­est in is­sues.’’ Mike Ed­monds

the Au­gust meeting.

Ed­monds says he would like to see full coun­cil meet­ings be­ing streamed.

‘‘We couldn’t ask them to do it, if we weren’t do­ing it.’’

‘‘It might make them more ac­count­able - if they thought some ex­perts in the sub­ject might be watch­ing, they might con­duct them­selves dif­fer­ently.’’

Ed­monds says there are lots of ad­van­tages to a live stream.

‘‘We are hop­ing we can en­gage with the com­mu­nity more and gen­er­ate more in­ter­est in is­sues.’’

Even­tu­ally Ed­monds says the com­mu­nity board could post to let peo­ple know when a par­tic­u­lar is­sue will be talked about, so they can join the stream then, and even com­mu­ni­cate with the board re­motely.

Ev­ery sec­ond board meeting is held out­side of Kaikohe, to get around to the com­mu­ni­ties, Ed­monds says.

The Kaikohe-Hokianga Com­mu­nity Board has also re­turned to a sched­ule of monthly meet­ings rather than hold­ing one ev­ery six weeks.

‘‘The com­mu­nity wanted monthly meet­ings back, ev­ery six weeks is too far apart, it means we can keep cur­rent.’’

Visit Kaikohe-Hokianga Com­mu­nity Board on Face­book.

The Kaikohe-Hokianga Com­mu­nity Board have be­gun livestream­ing meet­ings in a coun­cil first for the dis­trict.

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