Help put Wanaka ahead of the competition
Wanaka has got off to a flying start in a national internet competition being run by Chorus to install ultra fast broadband, despite being left off the Government’s rollout list. But can the momentum remain for the entire year the competition is running? Chorus will make a special 1Gbps wholesale service available in the winning ‘‘Gigatown’’ at a special price and give a $200,000 develop- ment fund with Alcatel Lucent’s ng Connect. A Facebook page dubbed Gigatown Wanaka has been set up and has attracted over 2100 ‘‘likes’’ as the Mirror went to print yesterday. Page administrator and Social media expert Jamie Roy hosted a Gigatown Wanaka training seminar on Monday, attracting about 25 people. The seminar was held to help residents gain better online understanding of how they could participate, work together and add value in growing GigatownWanaka. The competition would be judged on a population basis and points would accumulate from email votes and the amount of hashtags, or #, on Twitter, YouTube, Instagram and Flickr. Hashtags will also be counted on Facebook, Wordpress and Tumblr but only on nominated pages. Wanaka climbed to the No 2 spot in the competition last week but has since slipped to third behind Oamaru and Porirua. Oamaru has accumulated over 92,000 points, Porirua 69,000 and Wanaka 51,000. The next closest rival was Gisborne with 25,000 points. ‘‘It’s going to be a group effort,’’ Mr Roy said. He believed Oamaru was ahead because they had accumulated a lot of points from email sign-ups – which counted for 10 points. On September 30 next year the top five towns in the competition will become Gigatown finalists and compete for the winning spot. All scores will be reset to zero and the towns will need to collect the most points before the close of the competition to win.