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Waitaki District Council launches web page to help local events

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We love a good community event here in Waitaki. Now organisers have another string to their bow as the Waitaki District Council’s Communications Team have developed a web page that will allow event organisers to list their community events. The criteria will help make sure that the events posted have wide appeal and are for the most part accessible to all.

Waitaki District Council’s Web Development and Marketing Specialist Jenny Song created the template and a new page that will allow people to advertise their own events on the council’s website. Organisers can upload an image, list their event and add them to a calendar that will include all school holiday events, Heritage Week events, New Year’s celebrations, exhibitions, music performances and fundraisers, for example.

Before completing this form organisers should check it meets the criteria.

It must:

 - occur at a venue or location within the Waitaki district and be open to the general public

- have a broad appeal for the community as well as visitors

- be submitted by the event organiser or authorised agent

- be specific, finalised and confirmed prior to submission. Events without dates or undetermined locations will not be listed

Waitaki District Council’s Events Co-ordinator Hayley Cusiel said, "Coming from outside the district, I found it really hard when I first arrived to find out what’s going on - so this will be great."

After the success of council supported events like the Friendly Bay Family Fun Day and community collaborations such as the 2019 school holiday guide (currently in its second publication) it was a goal to be more connected and it is hoped people would be more proactive about events with this new channel available to advertise them.

Mayor for Waitaki Gary Kircher said the council website was more and more becoming a trusted source of information and this was yet another way to connect with the community and reflect the huge range of events that we have in Waitaki. "There are often conflicts with events, and this is one way to minimise that conflict, especially between events that cater to similar audiences. I expect it will also help increase participation in those events, with the ability for organisers to promote their particular events to a wider audience."

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