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.

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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.

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