Media who were there, as I was, know that last Wednesday’s meeting of the Regional Council was one of the most disturbing ever — in terms of raising questions about the council’s/counsellors’ basic competence, the integrity of their process, and fundamental political judgment.
It was also the first HBRC meeting that was to be recorded for online webcasting.
But supposedly, the system failed!!
HBRC claims the video feed never made it to the vendor in Christchurch!
I for one do not accept this at face value.
If the media of Hawke’s Bay have any balls at all, we should collectively demand an inquiry into what happened. Cameras were there and recording. Even if the feed didn’t go through, there should be recorded material somewhere.
And if recordings were destroyed or lost in transmission, at a minimum, here again is colossal incompetence. How many successful test runs do you think HBRC would have made before proudly announcing to us all that Wednesday’s session was the first to go online?! And then the system magically failed at the moment of truth?!
If they were purposefully destroyed, then there should be hell to pay!
Collectively, Hawke’s Bay media, on behalf of the public interest we serve, should demand an investigation of this ‘failure’ — one that reaches from the executive suite of HBRC to the technical grunts in Christchurch.
I look forward to hearing from my media colleagues on this matter.