Oamaru, New Zealand’s sharpest town, has led Chorus’s gigagtown points table from the start.
‘Gigatown’ will be the first town in the Southern hemisphere to access a one gigabit per second (1Gbps) internet connection.
How do we decide who gets to be Gigatown? Actually, we don’t decide – you do.
We’re looking for the town that wants it the most. There’s two ways we’ll be measuring that drive, enthusiasm and determination to be Gigatown:
1. by listening out for the town with the loudest voice on social media; and
2. by tallying up the supporters for each town signing up on this website.
Over the course of the competition, we’ll measure social media and online community engagement in support of each eligible ‘town’.
The town with the loudest voice will be New Zealand’s first Gigatown, and will be well positioned to become a leading digital innovation hub for New Zealand, showcasing how ultra-fast broadband can re-define our economy, reshape how our children learn and change how our communities live, work and play.
Points will be counted up for each town and adjusted relative to the town’s size to become ‘Gigapoints’, which are displayed on this website so you can keep track of your town’s progress. The adjustment for town size ensures that each town has the same opportunity to be the Gigatown.
The five eligible towns with the most points at the end of the initial round will go forward to the finals
When I checked a few minutes ago #gigatownoamaru was more than 40,000 ahead of its nearest rival.
How’s it doing it?
Good, old fashioned community spirit combined with new fashioned technology as people in the town and the wider district and their family and friends use social media – Facebook, Twitter, blogs, YouTube, . . . to gain points.