Droll-hondenfoto's winnen geïmproviseerde diashowwedstrijd bij de raad van Marlboroughaugustus 28, 2020
A council legal team have been crowned top dog after using pictures of pooches to give their resource consent presentation more bite.
An impromptu slide show contest started when the Marlborough District Council’s animal control team used dog pictures in their report on the region’s proposed new dog bylaw at a meeting last week.
Then came the legal department, who “inadvertently” used more amusing dog images to complement their presentation on the council’s resource consent hearings.
Advocacy and practice integration manager Barbara Mead said the animal control team had “obviously” had a sneak peek of their “spunky” slide show and decided to copy them.
“I’m not sure they’ve reached our giddy heights,” she said.
“We want a vote [on the best slide show] after this.”
Advocacy and practice integration administrator Sue Bulfield-Johnson kept a straight face as she worked her way through the slide show, to the amusement of councillors.
Bulfield-Johnson said the council had processed 2286 resource consent applications in the past two financial years, with only 1 per cent being referred on to a hearing.
“So, as you can see, happy dogs,” she said.
“Take that Jamie [animal control sub-committee chair].”
At the end of the slide show, Mead asked: “Did we win the ‘best dogs’ contest?” Councillor Mark Peters replied: “The prize for the most canine presentation goes to you two.”
“Woof,” said another person in the council chambers.
Councillor Jenny Andrews threw the animal control team a bone and said there were prettier dogs in their report.
Mead said at the meeting it was a “shame” the legal team had not been asked to prepare a dog bylaw presentation.
“Can you imagine the number of dogs we would’ve had? Or we might have just flipped it to irony and put in cats,” she said.
Both reports were approved by councillors at the environment committee last week and referred onto the next full council meeting on September 17 for adoption.