Christchurch-based content creation company Tandem Studios will provide live webcasting and a video archive of Auckland Council meetings from February 5, adding to its growing list of partnering central and local government authorities.
Following the deal, the company now provides such services for the House of Representatives, Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland Councils, the Taupo District Council and the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council.
Tandem Studios uses its own LaBonTM (Living and Breathing Online Newsletter) websites to create online video archives that viewers can access on any screen.
“The aim of LaBonTM is to make it easy for people to find, view and share content," says Dave Dunlay, Managing Director, Tandem Studios.
“It is a fantastic content platform that solves the issue of how to search through a large amount of video content and easily locate just the clip you’re looking for.
Dunlay says Tandem’s proposal was successful after having gone through a "rigorous" selection process to deliver the webcasting and online archive service for Auckland Council.
“Tandem has a real depth of experience in this area and we believe that Auckland ratepayers will get a lot of benefits from this new resource," he adds.
“Providing webcasting, live streaming and online video archives for local authorities, courts and businesses, including for events such as AGMs, is something that is becoming increasingly common around New Zealand."
Dunlay believes communities want and expect open access to the democratic process via a medium and at a time that suits them.
"Webcasting and online video archives of recorded content are cost-effective ways of meeting those expectations," he adds.
According to Manager Democracy Services, Marguerite Delbet, this is all about open governance.
"We are sure Aucklanders will take the opportunity to watch the council, its committees and democracy in action from the comfort of their living rooms," Delbet adds.
To view a video of Mayor Len Brown explaining the reasons behind the Auckland Council’s decision to begin webcasting click here