Gi­ga­town rank­ing slips

Central Otago Mirror - - FRONT PAGE - By CHE BAKER

Wanaka has been top­pled from its place at the top of the Chorus Gi­ga­town com­pe­ti­tion.

On Mon­day Wanaka dropped from first place, a po­si­tion it has held from al­most the start of the com­pe­ti­tion in Oc­to­ber, to third.

The scram­ble is now on to ob­tain points and re­gain the lead­ing po­si­tion and ‘‘fight for fi­bre’’.

Wanaka busi­ness­man and vo­cal Gi­ga­town sup­porter Peter Mar­shall said Wanaka has most likely lost its top spot as the lat­est mini com­pe­ti­tions were not be­ing pop­u­la­tion-ad­justed when points were cal­cu­lated.

Last week for the first time three ri­val ar­eas, Dunedin, Porirua and Ti­maru, came within 18,000 points of Wanaka’s broad lead.

How­ever, Ti­maru and Dunedin have since over­taken Wanaka.

Wanaka sup­porter Kelly Good said the big­gest fac­tor at the mo­ment in the com­pe­ti­tion was the points on of­fer for com­plet­ing this month’s gi­ga­town quiz.

The win­ning pack­age in the com­pe­ti­tion in­cludes hav­ing the fastest in­ter­net in the South­ern hemi­sphere, a spe­cial 1Gbps whole­sale ser­vice price and a $200,000 devel­op­ment fund to sup­port en­trepreneurs and in­no­va­tors tak­ing new ser­vices over the gi­ga­bit fi­bre to mar­ket.

Thou­sands of dol­lars had be­ing pumped into Wanaka’s bid by busi­ness lead­ers, and many com­mu­nity mem­bers jumped on board the ini­tia­tive.

Points were gained by com­pet­ing in com­mu­nity com­pe­ti­tions set by Chorus and by us­ing hash­tags on se­lected so­cial me­dia web­sites.

Mar­shall said ‘‘we are not con­cerned about it ... We just have to pick our game up.’’

The first round of the Gi­ga­town com­pe­ti­tion closes on Septem­ber 12 and the top five towns on the leader­board will be­come the Gi­ga­town fi­nal­ists with the win­ner an­nounced on Novem­ber 26.

In June the Queen­stown Lakes District Coun­cil set aside $20,000 each for both the Wanaka and Queen­stown gi­ga­town bids in its an­nual plan.

Wanaka has not yet lifted the fund­ing, which had been set aside to be used for the fi­nal round, Mar­shall said.

They’re off: Otago South­land se­condary school ski and snow­board champs com­peti­tors take part in the semi­fi­nals of the ski-cross at Cardrona Alpine Re­sort. Read more page 2.

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