Tune into council meetings
People can now tune in from all over the world to watch Gisborne District Council’s meetings.
January’s launch proved a winner, with 481 page views, 3684 reach via Facebook, with 77 clicking through to watch, and 136 YouTube views.
James Baty, director internal partnerships, says the feedback from staff, councillors and the wider community has been hugely positive.
“We had a few tweaks to do around the edges, but largely we are now achieving what we wanted to do,” says James. “The live stream provides another level of engagement and community involvement, but also is great for staff too who may not be able to leave their desks but can still tune in. It's fantastic we're able to put it together for everyone to use.”
James says the new building brought with it the opportunity to do things in different ways, including making the most of technological advancements.
Council uses hardware from Video Pro and an online product called Zoom to provide the actual connection and put the link onto the web.
“We're using platforms like YouTube predominantly to enable the public viewing but we are also currently exploring other opportunities.”
There are 2 cameras, and James says we're looking to provide different views for watchers, and exploring whether presentations being put to Council are able to be streamed at the same time.
The live stream is available for all Council and committee meetings.
Here's a link to the livestream. Council agendas are available on our website 2 days prior to the meeting.