May­ors sup­port Porirua’s bid to win Gi­ga­town

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

Welling­ton’s may­ors showed their sup­port for Porirua’s Gi­ga­town bid last Fri­day, though there was a di­vi­sion amid the smiles.

Welling­ton’s Celia WadeBrown, Ray Wal­lace from Hutt City, Wayne Guppy from Up­per Hutt and Kapiti’s Ross Church, to­gether with Welling­ton Re­gional Coun­cil chair­woman Fran Wilde, joined Porirua mayor Nick Leggett to sup­port Porirua’s bid.

How­ever, Wairarapa may­ors Lyn Pat­ter­son (Master­ton), Ron Mark (Carter­ton) and Adri­enne Sta­ples ( South Wairarapa) donned shirts sup­port­ing Master­ton’s bid for a Gi­ga­town vic­tory and did not take part in the photo op.

Gi­ga­town, a com­pe­ti­tion run by Cho­rus, of­fers the win­ning town – the one that gets the most men­tions on so­cial me­dia – ac­cess to 1 gigabit ul­tra­fast broad­band for three years.

Leggett was un­fazed by the black-clad Wairarapa may­ors.

‘‘There are dif­fer­ences be­tween Wairarapa and the metro area. They didn’t want to be part of the rest of the re­gion,’’ he said.

Leggett said his coun­cil has spent about $ 70,000 on the Gi­ga­town bid, which has been largely sup­ported by vol­un­teers.

Photo: FAIR­FAX

All friends: May­ors, clock­wise from far left, Wayne Guppy (Up­per Hutt), Ross Church (Kapiti), Nick Leggett (Porirua), Ray Wal­lace (Lower Hutt), Fran Wilde (re­gional coun­cil), Celia Wade-Brown (Welling­ton).

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