Go­ing for Gi­ga­town

Central Otago Mirror - - FRONT PAGE - Bring Gi­ga­town to Queen­stown

Queen­stown’s Gi­ga­town team have roared into fi­nals con­tention and are promis­ing more fun and prizes as they strive to make Queen­stown the most wired town in Aus­trala­sia. A slow starter in the so­cial me­dia-based com­pe­ti­tion, Queen­stown is now fifth on the Gi­ga­town leader­board. The top five towns by Septem­ber go in a fi­nals com­pe­ti­tion to win 1Gbps in­ter­net ser­vices for three years, sup­plied by Cho­rus. Lo­cal tech­nol­ogy worker Lou Don­nelly-Davey gave the ini­tial push to get Queen­stown in the run­ning but was strug­gling to keep up with all the so­cial me­dia sites as well as hold down her job and look af­ter a fam­ily. Re­cently she has re­cruited Ben De Haan, who was do­ing a ‘‘phenom­e­nal’’ job of run­ning the Face­book page and get­ting people en­gaged and his wife Tam De Haan, an ‘‘on­line pow­er­house’’, who was look­ing af­ter In­sta­gram and Flickr with Lauren Ma­jor. Ms Don­nelly-Davey said Mel Bowles had be­come the Twit­ter man­ager. ‘‘She doesn’t have a back­ground in so­cial me­dia but she’s into it. She’s prob­a­bly go­ing to come out the end of this and do some­thing re­ally cool.’’ Fi­nally, AJ Ma­son was in­volved in strat­egy. ‘‘That’s our team and they’re just out­stand­ing,’’ she said. The group was meet­ing once a week to strate­gise and had been work­ing to in­volve lo­cal businesses to cre­ate some great in­cen­tives to get people in­volved. The likes of AJ Hack­ett, Queen­stown Re­sort Col­lege and HQWiFi had al­ready been in­volved. ‘‘We’re inch­ing up the leader board a lit­tle but we’re not go­ing to pull out all our guns. We’ve still get six months left. ‘‘The fact we’ve got to fifth with no col­lat­eral, no posters and very lit­tle busi­ness in­volve­ment and no grand ges­tures to date . . . is quite promis­ing.’’ The group were on 305,918 points on Mon­day morn­ing be­hind Wanaka, which is first with 893,000 points. ‘‘If we get the de­vel­op­ment fund it’s a help­ing hand. If we don’t we’ve still got the en­gaged team and that plat­form to move on with. We’re not do­ing it for Cho­rus. We’re do­ing it for the com­mu­nity. There’s more to it than just Gi­ga­town.’’ ◗ On so­cial me­dia post­ings, use hash­tags #gi­ga­town­queen­stown and #gi­ga­town­qtn and sign up at gi­ga­town.co.nz.

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