The 'Clapometer' is an ingenious 'democracy' tool being trialled by the new Waiheke Local Board.
At the December 2013 meeting of the Board all presenters at Public Forum were either applauded or not applauded by all members of the Board depending on whether or not they liked the presentation.
The bewildered presenter received no other feedback, comments or questions other than their rating on the 'Clapometer'.
It was a scene reminiscent of the old ‘Opportunity Knocks’. The Clapometer had three merits:
But that’s not all. In an attempt to put the lid on open Public Forum debate, the new Board hosted an invitation only, non-transparent, pre-meeting with some submitters, days before the public business meeting. Hardly 'community engagement' more like secret squirrel behaviour.
Will the next meeting of our ‘Happy Clapping’ Board feature the Clapometer? With the ratepayer donating the prize money it looks set to be the preferred method of allocating funds during the best game show in town.