Others are doing the HCC site which is much better for finding things.
Yes, I found the minutes on your link and they have some of the information
we need. However votes are only recorded of a councilor requests a division
which they seem to avoid whenever possible. Otherwise it is just X moved
and Y seconded [Motion] Carried (ID). There are notes of discussions that
sometimes mention issues and occasionally the councilors who raise them,
but not very often.
So some automated analysis would certainly be welcome. But it won't be
easy. How do you search in a way that finds all the things they didn't do -
the opportunities missed - the transport report that considers roads in
great detail but rail is never mentioned as part of the development of a
sustainable transport network. Or that they received a report on the
significance of the great advances in electric vehicles and just received
the report.They didn't decide to do anything to promote them in any way.
Still anything that at least finds a good proportion would be very welcome.
Also I found that there were no links to minutes before 2016. I spoke to
staff member Mali Ahipene who told me
"the webpage was recently updated to include only those agendas and minutes
for 2016. However, we are about to reinstate the webpage with all of the
agenda’s for the current triennium. Check back in an hour, and the
information should be available. If you still have questions, feel free to
give me a call."
When I checked at 5 o'clock and again at 9 o'clock and again this morning I
found that the uppdate had not happened - or not succeeded:
Although the website indicates that records of the minutes are available
from 28 November-2013 I can't find links to any before Tuesday 2 February
2016. I can't yet find any links for these before 2016 except for resource
hearings going back to November 2015, and Significant consent applications,
hearings and decisions.
Links to results for a search on "minutes 2013" give pages with 2016
minutes only for the first 4 pages of results. The 5th page and later
results give 2016 links or an Incorrect Link message.
I would also like tips for gathering relevant information from public
sources on websites, social media and anywhere.
On 29 August 2016 at 19:58, Lawrence D'Oliveiro <ldo(a)geek-central.gen.nz>
On Mon, 29 Aug 2016 18:33:54 +1200, Roderick Aldridge
It is proving difficult to extract information
the Waikato Regional Council website, though the Hamilton City
Council one is much better.
I’ve done some website scraping.
I assume the info you want from Environment Waikato is things like
minutes of meetings
I see downloadable PDF files there. Similarly with the HCC website
Do you want to do some automated analysis of these?
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