Council looks to broadcast meetings

The cut and thrust, jousts and gibes of Christchurch City Council meetings could soon be beamed live into your living room.

After a damning review this year of its communications, the council is looking at ways it can engage more with the community and deliver greater transparency.

It has picked up on the idea of web-streaming council meetings so ratepayers can watch the decision-making process as it unfolds.

Some other councils around New Zealand already do that, including the Taupo District Council.

In a report prepared for next week's community, recreation and culture committee meeting, council public affairs general manager Lydia Aydon suggested the council engage an outside company with the staff and expertise to broadcast coverage of council meetings live or by video on demand.

She said the council debating chamber was already fitted with four video cameras but the council would need to work with an external media company as its website was not capable of hosting live streaming.

It would cost between $16,000 and $25,000 to set up and, with two council meetings a month, it would cost between $23,000 and $27,000 to operate annually.

There is no money in the budget to cover that expense.

The Press