Sharing the Gigatown love with Nelson
After narrowly missing out on a spot in the Gigatown finals, Porirua City has struck up a partnership with Nelson to support its campaign - and is asking Porirua supporters to switch their allegiance to Nelson.
Nelson secured 5th place in the finals battle, just ahead of Porirua in 6th place, so joins the other top 5 cities in the Chorus run competition to win three year’s cheap access to 1 gigabit, high-speed broadband, as well as a $500,000 community fund and a $200,000 innovation fund.
The finalists must now submit a winning digital strategy for their town and how they will use high speed fibre to support growth in other regions. Nelson has asked Porirua to help formulate that regional digital strategy.
As well Porirua’s Gigatown campaign manager Chris Lipscombe will now join a Nelson representative on a trip to Chattanooga organised by Chorus, to learn how the city has benefited from gigabit speed fibre.
Mr Lipscombe says it’s about combining the digital strategic thinking of the two cities to create a gigabit-enabled centre of New Zealand.
Porirua residents are rallying to the call and switching their support by signing up for Nelson. Along with support already offered by Richmond and Blenheim this means that a central New Zealand collaboration is well on its way.
You can find out more about the competition at www.gigatown.co.nz.
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Future of US Marine Hall, Titahi Bay
The former US Marine Hall in Titahi Bay (pictured above) has been closed because it requires extensive repairs. Council has been consulting with the community about the future of the Hall. Go to our US Marine Hall page to find out the background, status of the consultation, and next steps.
Options for regional governance
The Local Government Commission has been considering applications to change the shape of local government in three regions (Wellington, Northland and Hawke’s Bay). The Commission recently announced that it would not be making an announcement on any of the proposals until after the general election on 20 September 2014. A full description of the current stages with each of the proposals can be found in the Commission’s media statement of 27 June 2014 (pdf).
For more information on the regional governance discussions, visit our Local Government Reform News and Local Government Reform Public Consultation pages.