Go Gi­ga­town

Central Otago Mirror - - WANAKA NEWS -

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.

Party push

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.

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