Porirua goes dig­i­tal

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

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.

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