A WCC app store

September 6th, 2013 at 11:00 am by David Farrar

Stuff reports:

Look out, Apple, there’s a new player in the app store game – the .

The council will launch an online store in coming weeks where people will be able to download smartphone and tablet computer applications, or apps, that showcase anything uniquely Wellington. It is thought to be the first council-developed app store in the country.

Council staff say the apps available will cover “things as simple as locating disabled toilets to things that we have yet to think of”. The initiative is part of a wider plan to turn Wellington’s aspirations of being a “smart city” into reality.

The council’s manager of information and technology, Channa Jayasinha, said about 12 apps would be available when the store opened. They would include the My Parx app that helps users explore city parks and reserves, as well as The Pack, which allows friends to keep track of each other and call for help on a night out.

That sounds a very cool initiative. There’s lots of useful apps a Council could have. Maybe one which tells you where the closest available carpark is?

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16 Responses to “A WCC app store”

  1. Fentex (909 comments) says:

    I would think there’s little need for a ‘Store’. A single well designed web application that was client screen size aware could do it all at a single cost without issues caused by satisfying proprietary demands.

    Wrap it in an App skin if that’s needed for users only aware of Apps on their phones, but keep the original a lithe product that can hop from device to device using non-proprietary protocols and formats.

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  2. Ed Snack (1,801 comments) says:

    So, Droid’s only ? Or will these also be pushed through Apple’s store ?

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  3. dime (9,682 comments) says:

    it cost 40 million dollars…

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  4. Harriet (4,623 comments) says:

    Gay bathhouses this way :cool:

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  5. sthn.jeff (100 comments) says:

    Geee, I wonder why rates seem to continually rise above the cost of inflation???

    More ridiculous dross from the Council.

    Do these idiots not understand that they need to stick to the core functions of a council?

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  6. RightNow (6,844 comments) says:

    dime, I read the article. Says it cost $10k – $15k.

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  7. sthn.jeff (100 comments) says:

    Yes not necessarily a big cost in itself, but it is one of any number of ” small initiatives” that quickly add up.

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  8. queenstfarmer (755 comments) says:

    Is this really what Councils should be spending ratepayer money on?

    DPF, if the Labour leadership candidates announced a policy to pour taxpayer money into app stores, would you not be among the first to criticise it?

    [DPF: No. And I am in favour of Govt making their services more user-friendly which apps can do. Bit of course it depends on price. If WCC was spending $500,000 I'd yell foul. But the level of spending seems appropriate]

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  9. Camryn (551 comments) says:

    Agree with Fentex… why multiple apps when it could all be one web app? Seems if you want to drive adoption and usage you wouldn’t break it down into 12+ packages.

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  10. Harriet (4,623 comments) says:

    “…..Council staff say the apps available will cover “things as simple as locating disabled toilets to things that we have yet to think of”…..”

    ‘…yet to think of….’

    Bullshit.

    A couple of months back New York created an app for those 13yrs and over which shows where abortion clinics are. The progs who ARE Wellington City Council will have those types of things in mind.

    This will be nothing less than one big PC liberal progressive campaign. Gay this, Maori that, Pacifika this, women’s history that blah blah blah. Disabled toilet directions is just to get it going!

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  11. liarbors a joke (1,069 comments) says:

    Hardly a core service…get back to basics you spend easys

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  12. RRM (9,668 comments) says:

    I wonder if the Mayor is aware of this?

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  13. Colville (2,198 comments) says:

    Core service?

    Few would argue against Councils installing street signs. Isnt this just an electronic version of a sign post?

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  14. queenstfarmer (755 comments) says:

    Colville: things start out simple and “low cost”, but as the article says “The initiative is part of a wider plan to turn Wellington’s aspirations of being a “smart city” into reality.”

    Soon every Council will “need” an App Store, and these things just grow & grow.

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  15. beautox (437 comments) says:

    Ridiculous. If they have their own app store it will not work with Apple iPhones or iPads, which make a large part of the market. Un-jailbroken iOS devices will only run apps from iTunes. All they need is to actually make apps, and submit them to existing app stores, including iTunes.

    Or is that what they are doing, and the app store talk is another case of journalists-making-shit-up?

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  16. ChloeHall (5 comments) says:

    @beautox I agree! An app is one thing, an app store is something completely different. Not only are Apple owners and users not going to be able to use the apps created by the Wellington City Council but, it is also going to be extremely costly to create a whole new app store. As for competition the council app store would have a lot to live up to.

    This idea needs to be rethought, as there are already perfectly good app stores out there which a council app could be implemented through.

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