Story image

Northland Regional Council upgrades website for cool $35,000

11 Sep 15

The Northland Regional Council has just launched a refreshed version of its website, at a cost of $35,000.

The Council says the refresh will make it easier for users to access the most popular topics and services.

Chairman Bill Shepherd says the update is the first design change to the site, which currently has more than 1000 individual pages, since it was launched eight years ago.

“Increasing demand for online services makes the website one of our most important channels for interacting with our communities and ratepayers, with about 17,000 users visiting it every month,” Shepherd says.

He says the way information is structured under headings has not changed despite the revamp to ensure users can still easily find what they’re looking for.

“However, we’ve researched the key topics that attract visitors to our site and these topics now form the centrepiece of our home page,” Sheperd explains.

These include environmental (river and rainfall) data; maps and webcams; the council’s plans, policies and meetings schedule; and information on pests and weeds.

Shepherd says other home page features made more prominent include contact details and location maps for the council’s four Northland offices, and transactions that can be carried out online, such as payment for invoices, job applications and submissions.

“Northland’s Civil Defence emergency status now has a high-profile position on the home page and will be updated during an emergency,” he says.

Shepherd says a new drop-down menu also makes it easier to access other sections of the website, while a larger font size and enhanced colour contrast is intended to improve readability for all users, but especially those with vision impairments.

The regional council will continue to improve the site as feedback is received from users, Shepherd adds.

Royole's FlexPai: So bendable phablets are a reality now
A US-based firm called Royole is delivering on that age-old problem of not being able to fold up your devices (who hasn't ever wished they could fold their phone up...)
Hands-on review: Having fun in Knowledge is Power: Decades and Chimparty
They don’t revolutionise social video gaming, but they are enjoyable enough to occupy you during a wet weekend. 
Kiwis losing $24.7mil to scam calls every year
The losses are almost five times higher compared to the same period last year, from reported losses alone.
Tile's Mate & Pro Bluetooth trackers land in NZ
If your car keys (or your tablet) have disappeared into the void at the back of the couch or if you left them somewhere in your car, retracing your steps to find them could be a thing of the past.
Government still stuck in the past? Not on GovTech's watch
What exactly is GovTech and what’s been happening in our capital city?
"Is this for real?" The reality of fraud against New Zealanders
Is this for real? More often than not these days it can be hard to tell, and it’s okay to be a bit suspicious, especially when it comes to fraud.
Hands-on review: The iPhone Xs
The iPhone Xs is a win that brought numerous new and exciting features to the market.
How much does your Amazon Prime Video subscription really get you?
For our NZ$8.90 per month, the average cost per title is US$0.00126 - but we only really get a choice of 416 TV shows and 4321 movies. Choice is a little bit limited compared to other countries.