Media Strategy for Christchurch City Council

The Christchurch City Council has commissioned an $80,000 review of its communication with the public after a barrage of public criticism over recent controversies.

The council has come under fire in recent months over several issues, including its decision to give council chief executive Tony Marryatt a $68,000 pay rise and to move its call centre to the North Island.

In a joint statement released this afternoon, Marryatt and Mayor Bob Parker said “justified” criticism of the performance of Marryatt and the council had convinced them that change was needed.

They said Marryatt would spend the year “out and about in the community” to listen to residents’ concerns about the council and make changes where necessary.

The council had commissioned an independent review of its public communication to determine what it was doing well and where improvements needed to be made.

The review, which would cost about $80,000, would involve discussion with up to 120 people within the council and the community.

Or they could pay me $80,000 to tell them not to do dumb shit.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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