### ODT Online Tue, 26 Feb 2013
DCC meetings opened to full recording
By Debbie Porteous
The Dunedin public will be able to see local body politicians in action ”warts and all” after city councillors agreed to allow full sound recordings of their meetings. The public, including media, were previously only allowed take photos, notes and video, but not record sound at council meetings. But several resolutions passed by councillors yesterday will allow any person who notifies the chairman at the start of a meeting to record, including video with sound, the public parts of full council, public forum and standing committee meetings.
Council governance manager Sandy Graham told councillors the proposal from staff came after requests from members of the public and media and was something the council’s communications team was also keen on. Councillors had mixed reactions to the proposal.
The council will also record the meetings and make a full, unedited copy of recordings of meetings publicly available. This opens the door to possible live webcasting of meetings in the future.
Last updated 27 Feb 2013
What non public records resemble, for the Council’s mammoth debt spending and support to Rugby/ORFU, DVML, Rosebud’s Team at Strategy and Development et al —from the DCC home page today:
Mr Orders, Sir, step out from the shadow – bring with you the (undisclosed) PricewaterhouseCoopers report (file no 2).
Posted by Elizabeth Kerr