Giga Nick an on­line star

Kapi-Mana News - - FRONT PAGE - By KRIS DANDO

It may have been too lit­tle, too late, but it made a lot of peo­ple laugh.

The ‘‘ Giga Nick, the Giga Mayor’’ video, made in support of Porirua’s Cho­rus Gi­ga­town bid, was a hit on so­cial me­dia when it was re­leased last week.

In the video, mayor Nick Leggett raps and gen­er­ally takes the mickey out of his sta­tus.

He wears the may­oral chains in the Aquatic Cen­tre pool, jumps around with his ‘‘posse’’ on a hill over­look­ing the har­bour and gets down at the Satur­day morn­ing mar­ket in Cob­ham Court.

There is a cameo from coun­cil­lor Ken Dou­glas, who dis­plays a gang­ster grille of metal teeth.

Leggett said the video took about five hours to shoot and he had high praise for di­rec­tor Luke Pilk­ing­ton- Ching and writer Barry Prescott.

‘‘The words were so good and it was a lot of fun to do,’’ Leggett said.

‘‘Ob­vi­ously I didn’t re­ally know what I was do­ing, but it seemed to flow and I was a will­ing in­stru­ment.

‘‘The hard­est shot was [at the end of the video] when I was on the bal­cony, be­cause the car park was so full of peo­ple.

‘‘In the end the video drew a lot of at­ten­tion and was another pos­i­tive chance to pro­mote the city.’’

Leggett said he didn’t mind putting him­self out there be­cause in the Gi­ga­town com­pe­ti­tion Porirua was lag­ging just out of the top five.

The top five Gi­ga­towns will vie for ul­tra-fast in­ter­net at a re­duced rate for three years.

If Porirua fin­ished sixth, Leggett said he would ask Cho­rus to al­low the city in as a wild­card.

Photo: RHI­AN­NON McCON­NELL

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Call to arms: Nick Leggett hams it up in the Giga Mayor video.

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