Porirua goes digital
A group to oversee Porirua’s digital strategy will be in place before Christmas.
To build on the momentum created by the Gigatown competition, in which Porirua finished fifth, Porirua City Council was to sign off on a digital leadership group at a meeting of Te Komiti last week.
That was delayed when Porirua mayor Nick Leggett urged more work be done to strengthen the terms of reference for the group.
The group will be established by Leggett and he will appoint a chairperson for three years, aligned with each council triennium.
A report to the council said the group, which could have up to 10 members, would operate ‘‘alongside but independently of council’’.
The group will review and monitor the rollout of broadband infrastructure, lead events and activities, and advocate for a digitally strong city.
There are no budget or costs associated with the group.
Porirua’s digital strategy will focus on five critical areas: an attractive and functional city centre; access and use for the community; competition and innovation; improving education through digital literacy; and boosting Porirua’s image.
The city’s digital strategy and leadership group will be signed off at one of the next Te Komiti meetings.
Decision-maker: Porirua mayor Nick Leggett will appoint someone to chair the digital leadership group.