Fri 24 Nov 17
First stage of Council’s new on-line services goes live
Paying Ruapehu District Council has just got a lot easier with a new web based on-line payment system going live.
Anyone with a credit or debit card can now easily pay for a range of things including rates, dog registration renewals, water, infringements and other sundry invoices via Council’s website ruapehudc.govt.nz.
Council IT Business Analyst Glenys Gibbs said that the new on-line payment services are just the first stage of a comprehensive digital strategy Council is working on that will ultimately see a wide range of Council services being able to be done on-line.
“The development of the on-line services is seen as a key way in which we can provide greater choice and ease of use for anyone needing to interact with Council,” she said.
“People will however still be able to come into their local Council office if they prefer to do their transactions in person.”
“The next project will give dog owners the ability to manage their dog’s registration information on-line.”
“We would like to have this added functionality on-line by the end of March 2018 in time for next year’s dog registration demands being produced.”
“Other on-line services projects in the pipeline include building and resource consents and LIM requests.”
Mrs. Gibbs said that some of the more advanced on-line service functions Council will be introducing in the future will need a higher level of security and require users to have a RealMe account to prove their identity.
“RealMe is a NZ government system operated by the Department of Internal Affairs that provides a secure way for people to prove who they are on-line and is used on lots of NZ government and local government sites and services.”
“We would encourage anyone needing to regularly interact on-line with a council or a government department to setup a RealMe account for themselves at realme.govt.nz”