You’ve won the Gigatown competition and will be the first in the country to get one gigabit per second internet connection.
Please seize the day and make the most of it.
Your success is vital for the success of the south and in the past few years you’ve been letting the rest of us down.
While North, Central and South Otago and Southland have been positive and doing their best to help themselves, too much of the news from Dunedin has been negative.
Being the first Gigatown in the country is your opportunity for to build on your strengths which include education, health, technology and the community spirit which helped you win the competition.
Companies like Animation Research and Natural History have shown the way without ultrafast broadband.
Now you’ve got the communications edge on the rest of the country they and others will be able to do so much more.
The university has always attracted young people from around the country and other parts of the world but the city has been able to keep too few of them after graduation.
You now have the opportunity to create jobs which will entice graduates to stay and strengthen the city’s economic and social fabric.
You’ve worked hard to win the competition but you can’t stop now.
The real prize will be what you do with the opportunities it will enable you to grab and build on.
Go for it for your own sake and that of the south.