Help put Wanaka ahead of the com­pe­ti­tion

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS - By CHE BAKER

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.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from New Zealand

© PressReader. All rights reserved.