Gigatown ranking slips
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.
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