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