With only two weeks to go in the Gigatown competition Wanaka Gigatown advocates are confident the town will make it into the final round. The top five towns in the competition on September 12 will go on to compete be the first town in the southern hemisphere to access a one Gigabit a second internet connection. Wanaka Chamber of Commerce chairman Alistair King said he hoped any mini-competitions before the end of the final round would be population adjusted. Wanaka was overtaken by Timaru and Dunedin in the competition last month but has since been able to surge ahead again with a solid lead. Yesterday morning it sat on 4,654,346 points – about 500,000 ahead of Timaru.
Wanaka Coastguard success
The Wanaka Lakes Coastguard Unit won three awards at the Coastguard Southern Region Awards Held in Christchurch on Saturday. It won Unit of the Year, an award given to the unit that had achieved excellence in all aspects of management and operational activities, and member Jonathan Walmisley took home Unit Support Volunteer of the Year and Volunteer of the Year.
Green Party co-leader Russell Norman and ACT leader Dr Jamie Whyte were both in town yesterday on campaign tours ahead of the ASB great debate held in Queenstown last night. Norman hosted a public meeting at the Lake Wanaka Centre while Whyte held one at the Wanaka Hotel.