Community tips for getting their own YouTube channels
Christchurch residents will be able to watch their community board meetings on YouTube after the city council reversed its earlier refusal to record them.
Community Board meetings will be held via Zoom under the current red alert level, with live recordings posted on YouTube.
Christchurch City Council refused a request from Halswell-Hornby-Riccarton Community Council member Andrei Moore to post recordings of meetings online last October, citing a lack of resources.
Pandemic restrictions prevented the public from attending meetings in person last year, but the council also faced capacity issues as members of the public attempted to attend Zoom meetings.
Moore said it was the “ideal result”.
“I was ready to ask permission to record again, but by the time I was able to, I found out that we had learned that we were going to do a live recording.”
Streaming the meetings on YouTube will make them accessible to people who might not be able to watch them live and allow the public to see how decisions were made, he said.
“It’s a relatively simple thing to offer and facilitate, and important as well.
“To be honest, I was more surprised that we struggled to get it in the first place.”
Board chairman Mike Mora was also pleased with the development and said he was grateful Moore pushed him.
“It’s especially important in times of Covid,” Mora said.
Fendalton-Waimairi-Harewood Community Council Chair Bridget Williams hoped the ease of watching a live stream would lead to more people being actively engaged in community issues.
“It’s a wonderful thing to give more accessibility,” she said.
Spreydon-Cashmere Community Council chairwoman Karolin Potter said the council liked the idea of meetings being more accessible to the public.
“We hope the technology that puts board meetings online will also be available at the board level,” Potter said.
“We also look forward to suitable microphone systems being made available to all councils so that our meetings, for example, can be heard by everyone in the room.”
Coastal-Burwood Community Board chair Kelly Barber said the board discussed the idea earlier in the term and passed it. The council already broadcasts meetings live on its Facebook page for the public to view.
“I think it’s an inevitable progression,” Barber said.
“Times have changed and technology needs to be embraced, especially if it means people can find out what’s going on in their community earlier and easier for them.”
Barber said it’s a step forward in public access, meaning people at work who can’t make it to a community board meeting will be able to watch it online longer. late in the day.
“It will increase transparency, accountability, engagement and maybe even behavior for everyone involved.”
Papanui-Innes Community Council Chair Emma Norrish said live streaming, something Papanui-Innes Council had already undertaken independently, was an easy way to make decision-making more transparent.
“I hope this is something that will continue to be done by all boards when we resume in-person meetings,” she said.
The council’s head of community support and partnerships, John Filsell, said the council was in the process of setting up a YouTube channel for each community council.
“We intend to live stream all Community Board meetings on YouTube under the current red light framework,” Filsell said.
Not all rooms used to host community board meetings had the technology to stream good quality video, he said.
However, it is not just members of the public who would be relegated to online attendance.
Board members would not physically meet at the red alert level.
“With meeting members participating via device, we believe the hurdle of a poor quality stream will be overcome.”
It was possible that community board meetings would continue to livestream at lower alert levels despite technical issues with some meeting rooms.
“Staff will explore options to allow this in the future when community councils physically meet in the same space.”