Photo by Gregor Richardson.
Otago regional councillor Trevor Kempton uses his new iPad
during a council meeting yesterday.
It was the first time the councillors had used them in a
meeting, although chairman Stephen Woodhead and chief
executive Peter Bodeker had used them for the past year.
Mr Bodeker said the set-up cost was about $12,000 with the
costs to be offset by savings in staff time and paper as
agendas and reports would be sent to councillors via the
''It's cheaper than the old-fashioned way.''
Programmes loaded on to the devices allowed councillors to
highlight and make notations. Councillors had received two
training sessions on their use.
Cr Gretchen Robertson said the iPads had met total acceptance
and would enable councillors to be more informed and
effective. As part of the move, councillors now all had their
own regional council email address.