Council backs digital agendas
Horizons Regional Council is going digital, with councillors to receive the agendas for their meetings on new iPads instead of on paper.
The council approved the move at a meeting yesterday, with councillors to choose between one of two options.
They can either be lent a council-bought 32-gigabyte iPad, worth about $1000, for the duration of their time on council or buy their own machine they can keep and be reimbursed for half of the $1000. Councillors could also receive the payment if they already owned an iPad.
Cr John Barrow called the idea of councillors being reimbursed for already owning an iPad "ridiculous".
Horizons group manager of corporate and governance Craig Grant said the iPad policy had been written up following guidelines from the Remuneration Authority.
It would ultimately need the approval of the authority and was aimed at saving printing and delivery costs for agendas and other documents.
Several councils around the country, including Horowhenua District Council, have already supplied their councillors with iPads or similar products.