Wearable Video Cameras

Tararua District Council is committed to providing a safe district for our community and our staff.

Wearable Video Cameras may be worn by designated Tararua District Council Animal Control and Compliance Officers while engaged in the delivery of Council services, in order to:

  • Help defuse conflict situations and minimise the risk of personal harm to the staff; and
  • Providing a real-time recording of speech, actions and viewpoint in situations where activation is warranted.

The Tararua District Council will ensure that the operation of Wearable Video Cameras does not unreasonably intrude on the privacy of individuals. Camera footage will only be held for the reasons identified above, in line with relevant legislation including the NZ Privacy Act 1993.

Camera Footage Access

The Tararua District Council protects all personal information it holds from unauthorised access or use. Wearable Video Camera footage will only be made available to Council staff or third parties (e.g. the Police) in the event of a formal investigation, and only if the request is deemed justified, the footage is 'readily retrievable' and it doesn't unreasonably breach anyone's privacy.

Members of the public may also request access to personal footage that relates to them. Your request must be made in writing and include all of the following information:

  1. Name of Person
  2. Name of Agency (if applicable).
  3. Contact Details (Phone, Postal Address, Email).
  4. Location of Footage Captured (Street name or location)
  5. TDC Officer details (if known).
  6. Date footage was captured.
  7. Time footage was captured.
  8. Reason for granting access to view footage.
  9. Relationship to the individual captured in the footage (if not the same individual making the request).
  10. Police warrant / investigation / case reference number.

Council is happy to answer any questions you may have regarding Wearable Video Cameras. You can get in touch with the Council team by emailing info@tararuadc.govt.nz or phoning 06 374 4080 or 06 376 0110.