Being proud of the place one lives has always been at the heart of any community. Tararua District Council recognises this and is introducing a new community online news service called ‘Talking Tararua – more than just words’ to showcase Council news and to profile the district’s attractions and events.
The name, Talking Tararua - more than just words, reinforces the importance of Tararua as a district – it is a place worth talking about! It highlights our district as a place of innovation and action.
The name encourages pride in our place. Being proud of where we live, and being involved with what’s happening around us, is vital in creating supportive and vibrant communities.
The world of communications has changed – social media is driving a new wave of 3D communications where it’s as important to listen, as it is to speak; where everyone can have their point of view heard and where open consultation and transparency in decision-making is creating more engaged and empowered communities.
Tararua District Council has recognised this change in the way people communicate and is leading the district further into the digital age with the launch of this brand new online news and engagement service.
From 14 March 2016, Tararua District Council’s news and community information will be available in Talking Tararua, published every two months.
Talking Tararua will have the ability to carry video clips, sound clips, photo albums, and there will be opportunities in every issue for readers to engage with Council through polls and surveys, asking questions and making comments. Readers can also upload pics and story ideas for consideration by the editor for inclusion in subsequent issues. Live Q&A sessions and on-going forum facilities will also be available through Talking Tararua.
One of the real benefits of the news publication is that readers can subscribe directly to Talking Tararua and receive an email alert every time a new issue is published. In this way, residents and ratepayers can engage directly with Council, and Council can engage directly with them.
“Talking Tararua is a real step forward in the way that we communicate Council news and updates to our communities” says Tararua District Mayor, Roly Ellis.
“It will be fast paced, exciting to look at and will enable readers to interact directly with Council on the issues that affect them.”
“We are also focused on ensuring that Talking Tararua is clearly written and steers away from confusing Council terms and jargon. The overall aim is for us to engage more of the individuals that make up our great region and for them to feel that their voice can be heard within Council.”
Subscribers will be able to keep up-to-date with roading, rates, recycling and projects as well as get information on public consultations and read opinions from those within Council.
A Talking Tararua sign-up card is available from various community outlets, residents just need to fill it out and return it to Council or follow the link to the online subscription form and fill it in. Alternatively, residents can go direct to Council’s website and click on the Talking Tararua banner and subscribe online to ensure that their copy of Talking Tararua is sent direct to their inbox.
So – it’s time for action! Residents and ratepayers are encouraged to subscribe to Talking Tararua and become even more involved with our great district.
For more information, contact the team behind the publication by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 06 374 4989.