Western Leader to livestream local board meetings
Ever wanted to go to a local board meeting but couldn't find the time?
The Western Leader will now livestream Auckland Council's three west local board meetings on Facebook Live.
The first livestream is Henderson-Massey Local Board's meeting on April 18.
The Waitakere Ranges Local Board and Whau Local Board meetings will also be streamed live.
"We are really excited to have this opportunity to improve the public's engagement with local government and elected officials. Livestreaming will make it easy for anyone to see what their representatives are working on, and how they make the decisions which affect the people of west Auckland," Henderson-Massey Local Board chairman Shane Henderson said.
Western Leader news director Rebecca Stevenson said she hoped west Aucklanders would get online, check it out and interact.
"We hope this initiative will help people who might be curious about local government to get watching, get informed and get involved. We will help to bring local government to you, where you are."
The streams will broadcast live at the time of each meeting, and will then be available to view immediately after the broadcast ceases.
They will stay up on the Western Leader Facebook page for viewing.
"Thank you to the local boards for allowing us to do this. We think it is a fantastic commitment from them towards transparent governance," Stevenson said.
Tracy Mulholland said the Whau Local Board was happy to do this "because we are here to serve the residents of our area".
"We are accountable to them and want to make it easier for them to see what we are doing on their behalf."
Waitakere Ranges Local Board chairman Greg Presland said he looks forward to being a guinea pig for the livestreaming of the board meetings.
"I am not sure how much the demand will be but I believe that it is important to be as open and transparent as possible."
About 38.5 per cent of Aucklanders voted in the 2016 local government election, and $1.16m was spent on communications and engagement during the last Auckland election.
The next Whau Local Board meeting will take place on April 26 from 6pm.
Waitakere Ranges Local Board's meeting will be on April 27 from 6pm.
Tune in to facebook.com/westernleader from 4pm on April 18 to watch the Henderson-Massey Local Board meeting - live.