Wanaka wins points leg up

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS - By CHE BAKER

Wanaka has won the first Gi­ga­town promotional com­pe­ti­tion, scor­ing 10,000 points in the race to be­come Gi­ga­town. Cho­rus mar­ket­ing and sales gen­eral manger Vic Crone said the In­sta­gram Home Of­fice com­pe­ti­tion was the first of a se­ries of pro­mo­tions sched­uled dur­ing the year long com­pe­ti­tion to win a sub­sidised 1gbps in­ter­net con­nec­tion – the fastest in the south­ern hemi­sphere. ‘‘We are de­lighted that hun­dreds of New Zealan­ders took to In­sta­gram over the weekend to dis­cuss the ben­e­fits of con­nected tele­work­ing, and to share pic­tures of their home of­fices,’’ Ms Crone said. The Gi­ga­town web­site has had more than 60,000 visi­tors and the cam­paign’s email sup­port­ers club has gained more than 10,000 mem­bers. There were 19 of­fi­cial com­mu­nity Face­book pages ded­i­cated to lo­cal cam­paigns, which have col­lec­tively at­tracted more than 20,000 likes. ‘‘We are blown away by the lev­els of en­gage­ment we’ve seen so far and put this down to the amaz­ing ded­i­ca­tion of lo­cal coun­cils and com­mu­nity vol­un­teers who are driv­ing su­perb com­mu­nity en­gage­ment at a lo­cal level,’’ Ms Crone said. ‘‘What has been most re­ward­ing has been the feed­back we’ve re­ceived from Gi­ga­town com­mu­nity lead­ers who have said this com­pe­ti­tion has brought to­gether busi­nesses, coun­cils, en­trepreneurs and com­mu­ni­ties us­ing new tech­nolo­gies in ways they’ve never ex­pe­ri­enced be­fore,’’ she said. 1st 2nd

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