WCC strategy targets digital realm

Wellington's new draft digital strategy aims to attract skilled migrants and develop a relationship with Silicon Valley - home to the world's largest technology corporations in California.

To increase digital activity and position Wellington globally as a creative digital city, the strategy focuses on three specific areas:

* How to make Wellington the place where talent wants to live.

* To inspire shared knowledge and the development of ideas and creativity.

* To make Wellington a world leader in digital activity.

It's hoped the strategy will emphasise visual digital art in the city and enable all Wellingtonians to access technology.

Building a relationship with Silicon Valley and encouraging local companies to buy digital products are possible upshots of the strategy.

Wellington City Councillors unanimously approved the draft strategy at this week's Strategy and Policy Committee meeting.

The next step is for the key people in the industry and the broader city community to have their say, Mayor Celia Wade-Brown says.

The council has already consulted people in the digital sector for input.

''But that is only the tip of the iceberg  there are many more people we wish to talk to. We want to understand how we can support the industry in Wellington to be the best that it can be,'' Ms Wade-Brown says.

Chairman of WebFund and Councillor at InternetNZ David Moskovitz says the strategy could benefit the entire city, not just a small pocket.

''If they can commit the required resources behind the strategy, Wellington will receive a huge return on that investment. And these benefits will accrue right across the board, not just particular sectors of society.''

The Dominion Post