How to help #gigatownoamaru

October 31, 2013

Helping New Zealand’s Sharpest town and Steampunk capital become the Southern Hemisphere’s first #gigatown is easy:

Heres how to vote for @[700833886602006:274:Gigatown Oamaru] - you can use either #gigatownoam or #gigatownoamaru whichever is easiest! Voting starts today! Get sharing!

Posts have to be public to count – but you can make individual posts public without making your whole Facebook page public.

And register your blog at #gigatown then each post and comment with #gigatownoamaru or #gigatownoam adds a point.


#gigatownoam still in the lead for #gigatown

October 30, 2013

Oamaru’s campaign to be the country’s first #gigatown is continuing to go well.

#gigatownoamaru is in the lead:gigatownYou can help by putting  #gigatownoamaru or #gigatownoam in the comments; registering your Facebook page and/or Twitter account and blog at #gigatown  then writing posts with the hastags  #gigatownoamaru or #gigatownoam – whether or not the hashtags are relevant to the posts!


Rural round-up

October 30, 2013

Beef + Lamb New Zealand Puts Case to Washington:

Beef + Lamb New Zealand (B+LNZ) and representatives from other Five Nations Beef Alliance partners have called on Washington’s Capitol Hill to promote a unified view of how trade in agricultural products – and especially beef – should be treated under the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement.

The TPP, which is currently being negotiated and of which New Zealand is a participant, aims to open up trade in goods and services. Progress towards an outcome was most recently reviewed in Bali, where Prime Minister John Key chaired the meeting of the 12 TPP negotiating countries.

The Five Nations Beef Alliance is made up of the national organisations that represent beef cattle producers in Australia, Canada, Mexico, New Zealand and the United States. Collectively, the five countries account for one third of global beef production and approximately half of global beef exports. . .

New Zealand food and beverage producers need to be bulletproof:

New Zealand food and beverage producers need to ensure their operations are “bulletproof” if they want to compete in an increasingly aggressive global marketplace, an industry expert says.

Grant Thornton New Zealand Partner and National Leader, Food and Beverage, Simon Hunter, is describing the firm’s latest International Food and Beverage sector report, ‘Hunger for growth: Food and Beverage looks to the future’, as a wake-up call for the local industry.

The report, based on interviews with 248 senior executives in seven countries (including New Zealand), says 90% expect revenues to increase in the next 12 months but only half expect to employ more people. . .

Gigatown competition will change the future for one town:

Federated Farmers is excited by Chorus’s year-long competition to bring the fastest broadband speed to one New Zealand town.

“This competition is a great opportunity for rural towns,” says Conor English, Federated Farmers Chief Executive.

“If a rural town wins it will become the first town in the southern hemisphere to receive one-gigabit per second broadband speeds – up to 100 times faster than most cities around the globe.

“New Zealand’s farmers are desperate for new ways to get onto the internet and this competition has the potential, for one fortunate town, to spark innovation and mobilise and transform their local economy and society. . . .

(This is why we’re supporting #gigatownoam and the #gigatown campaign).

Fonterra board to set up separate risk committee after food scare review – Paul McBeth:

(BusinessDesk) – The board of Fonterra Cooperative Group will establish a separate committee to oversee risks facing the dairy group in the wake of the false alarm food scare that prompted a precautionary recall in August.

The company’s board will carve out the risk elements from its audit, finance and risk committee into its own separate committee, which chairman John Wilson said will cover “food safety, food quality and other risks Fonterra in today’s environment faces.”

The measure was one of a raft of recommendations from the board-ordered inquiry, led by Jack Hodder QC, after recall of three batches of whey protein concentrate, which were thought to have been contaminated.

Fonterra’s handling of the fall-out was “inadequate” for the kind and size of the crisis and the company’s lack of responsiveness to external stakeholders was seen as a “fortress” mentality, the report said. . . .

Shareholders’ Council welcomes report, inquiry recommendations:

The Fonterra Shareholders’ Council, which safeguards the interests of the dairy Co-operative’s 10,500 Shareholders, said it welcomed the completion of the Fonterra Board commissioned independent report of the WPC80 issue.

Council Chairman, Ian Brown: “The Council has received the report and we commend the Oversight Committee and the Independent Inquiry Team on the comprehensive nature of the report.

“We also commend the Board on their openness and support their decision to make the report public. . .

New health & safety regulations will increase potential penalties for employers:

The potential for higher penalties for non-compliance as a result of upcoming changes to Health and Safety regulations means employers in the high-risk agricultural sector need to be more aware than ever of their obligations, says Melissa Vining, AGRI Consultant for human resources specialists Progressive Consulting – the HR division of Crowe Horwath.

The government will establish new Crown Agent WorkSafe New Zealand by December 2013, when it also plans to introduce to parliament a new Health and Safety at Work Act, which is expected to come into force by December 2014. . . .

Xero releases farming blueprint:

Xero has released its Farming Integration Guide, a blueprint that helps rural solution providers connect to Xero and deliver integrated farm management and accounting solutions. 

Xero CEO Rod Drury says this is a great example of technology bringing an industry together. “This guide is the key step towards full integration between farmers, rural accountants, rural suppliers, banks and software providers. The innovation we’re experiencing in the tech sector is being applied directly now to the rural economy, the backbone of the NZ economy.” . . .


#gigatown #gigatownoam update

October 29, 2013

Oamaru –  #gigatownoam –  is still at the top of the #gigatown leaderboard with 13,192.

That’s around a vote from every single person in the town – a great start for #gigatownoamaru.

It’s all aimed at turning the country’s Sharpest town, into the southern hemisphere’s first #gigatown, courstey of Chorus:

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. Find out more.

Leaving comments with the hashtags #gigatown and #gigatownoamaru or #gigatownoam here or on Facebook or Twitter accounts which register on the GIgatown website will help the cause.


#gigatownoam

October 28, 2013

Oamaru, New Zealand’s Sharpest town, is vying to become the southern hemisphere’s first gigatown.

Gigatown Oamaru set a goal of 1,000 Facebook likes by today – and it’s exceeded it.

There were 1030 likes when I checked this morning.

It also has instructions on how to support the campaign:

Here it is folks, the # tag you should use on all your social media sites to spread the word about wonderful Gigatown Oamaru – Simply add the word #gigatownoamaru or #gigatownoam to any post and it will be measured! Start by sharing this po…st, and leaving a comment with those tags, lets see how we get on at the Gigatown.co.nz leaderboard today! We also earn 10 points for everyone who registers with the Gigatown.co.nz website, thats 10,000 points already if we all join! Click on the ‘Join up’ link at the top of their page to register!
It’s not hard to add #gigatownoamaru or #gigatownoam tocomments here, to like and comment on the Facebook page, do your own posts with the #gigatownoamaru or #gigatownoam on Facebook, Twitter or blogs.
Oamaru Life shows the enthusiasm already generated for the campaign:

. . . @ChorusNZ, the company responsible for New Zealand’s telephonic and internet infrastructure, is planning to “light up” one town with 1Gbps (1 gigabit per second) internet, giving it in one go the fastest internet not just in New Zealand but in the entire Southern Hemisphere. And in true New Zealand fashion, they’re going to choose the lucky town democratically, by counting the number of people who support that town’s bid to be the winner. How will they do that? By counting the number of social media posts that include that town’s specific hashtag, along with the number of people who go to the Gigatown website to support it.

Oamaru, our beloved home town, is in the running to be New Zealand’s first gigatown. To some, the idea of Oamaru becoming the gigatown may seem ludicrous. We are famed as being New Zealand’s best-preserved historic town, with 19th century architecture unmatched anywhere else in the country. But at the same time, we were recently picked as the “sharpest town” in New Zealand by our national television network, recognising the unparalleled civic pride that Oamaruvians show, along with the unique combination of characters who make Oamaru their home.

We firmly believe that Oamaru should not only be New Zealand’s “Steampunk Town”, as some know us, nor just its “Sharpest Town”, but also New Zealand’s “Fastest Town”, and therefore we are firmly supporting Oamaru’s bid to be New Zealand’s Gigatown. If you support us, please be sure to use our assigned hashtag, #gigatownoam, in your tweets, Facebook posts, YouTube videos, Tumblr posts, etc etc etc. We will be extremely grateful if you do! If you comment on this post, please include the hashtag (#gigatownoam) too, to give us an extra point! And if you would also express your support on the Gigatown homepage (click for the link here), we’d be thrilled! Thank you in advance for your support!

What are you waiting for?

Please leap over to the homepage and add your support.

I just did and Oamaru is leading with 1706 supporters, nearly twice as many as the second placed town which has 964 supporters.


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