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Connecting . . . Sasha Crawford (18) joins a Waimakariri Youth Council meeting via Zoom last week. Photo: David Hill

By David Hill

Waimakariri’s district councillors are planning to meet next Tuesday, (April 21) for the first full council meeting since the lockdown.

The council meeting is being held two weeks later than the usual first Tuesday of the month and will be held online as a Zoom meeting, rather than in the council chambers.

But Mayor Dan Gordon says it will be a “public meeting”.

“We’re not sure yet whether the public will be able to view it live or whether it will be available later. We’re still trying to work that out, but it will be publicly available.

“We have been meeting weekly as a council via Zoom and community boards have been catching up via Zoom, so they have the ability to keep connecting as well.”

Council staff are also meeting daily on Zoom calls and Mr Gordon has been participating in online senior management meetings.

The Waimakariri Youth Council also met last week via Zoom to discuss how to support local youth during the remainder of the lockdown, and in the weeks and months ahead.

They also discussed the proposed public consultation for developments youth are leading at Rangiora’s Dudley Park.

“The good thing about transitioning and using technology is that it is giving us a chance to see how it works, because I think it will become more common place in the future.

“The council has been operating largely business as usual, but it’s changed. So it’s about making sure the work continues and it’s as seemless as possible,” says Mr Gordon.