PASSING ON THE LOVE TO NELSON After narrowly missing out on a spot in the Gigatown finals, Porirua City has struck up a partnership with Nelson to support its campaign.
Nelson secured 5th place in the nals battle, just ahead of Porirua in 6th place, and joins Wanaka, Timaru, Dunedin and Gisborne in the Chorus-run competition to win three year’s cheap access to 1 gigabit, high-speed broadband , as well as a $500,000 community fund and a $200,000 innovation fund.
The nalists must now submit a winning digital strategy for their town and how they will use high speed bre to support growth in other regions. Nelson has asked Porirua to partner with them on building that strategy. Porirua’s Gigatown campaign manager Chris Lipscombe will now join Nelson on the trip to Chattanooga organised by Chorus, to learn how the city has bene ted from gigabit speed bre. Mr Lipscombe says it’s about combining the digital strategic thinking of the two cities to create a gigabit-enabled centre of New Zealand. “We believe we need more than one Gigatown to deliver real bene t to New Zealand. If Porirua can’t be in the nal, we want to contribute to a digital strategy that will really deliver bene ts for central New Zealand.” Porirua residents are rallying to the call and signing up for Nelson. Along with support already offered by Richmond and Blenheim this means a central New Zealand collaboration is well on its way. The nal stage of the competition ends in November.