Bid to get DHB into stream­ing

The Horowhenua Mail - - CONVERSATIONS - NI­CHOLAS MCBRIDE

There is a push to bring Mid­Cen­tral District Health Board meet­ings into the 21st century, by stream­ing them on­line.

It is be­ing led by board mem­ber and Horowhenua Mayor Michael Feyen.

Feyen in­tro­duced livestream­ing of Horowhenua District Coun­cil meet­ings on Face­book when he was elected mayor in 2016.

‘‘I’d re­ally like to see livestream­ing of our meet­ings in here [the DHB].

‘‘They are do­ing it more and more around the place and I think it adds a lot of value.’’

Feyen said Horowhenua was only a small coun­cil, but its livestreams at­tracted be­tween 1200 and 4000 views each meet­ing. ‘‘That is pretty in­cred­i­ble.’’ Board chair­woman Dot McKin­non was not sure if other DHBs livestreamed, but said it did not mat­ter what oth­ers did. ‘‘It is food for thought.’’ Board mem­ber and Palmer­ston North City coun­cil­lor Karen Nay­lor was skep­ti­cal.

‘‘The city coun­cil looked into it and it looked like it would be quite ex­pen­sive.’’

The Palmer­ston North City Coun­cil shot down the idea in Fe­bru­ary be­cause it pre­ferred to have an official record­ing, rather than use Face­book.

It was es­ti­mated the coun­cil’s pref­er­ence would cost $100,000 a year.

It would have in­volved two tech­ni­cians to run the equip­ment at ev­ery pub­lic meet­ing.

They would have used their own gear, so the coun­cil would not have had to in­vest in any equip­ment. Feyen said the costs were a mis­nomer. ‘‘So far, [in Horowhenua] we are do­ing it with one iPad and a staff mem­ber and it is pretty suc­cess­ful.

‘‘Don’t be put off or fazed by ridicu­lous quotes, be­cause it does not need to be like that at all.’’

PHOTO: DAVID UN­WIN/FAIRFAX NZ

Horowhenua Mayor Michael Feyen wants health board meet­ings livestreamed.

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