Businesses join Gigatown battle

Last updated 12:35 17/06/2014

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A range of Nelson companies, from small businesses and breweries to large established fishing and forestry companies, are the local talent in a film competition set to showcase why Nelson should be the country's digital hub.

The Gigatown collaboration is the latest project in the bid to move Nelson up the rankings in an intense nationwide contest to find New Zealand's most active online town.

Nelson is now second in the national competition run by Chorus NZ.

A "show-stopping display of team work" from local film producers is driving the the video competition now under way. They will film the long list of local businesses which have agreed to take part over the three-week period of the challenge.

The local film companies which volunteered and collaborated to take part are TuiVision, Fraser Heal Video Production, Naked Eye, Maze Audiovisual, Promotion Media, Keith Hawke, New Zealand Video, Tony Davies, Warren Masterson, Michelle Lang and Peter Kemp.

"From all our businesses, the message is loud and clear: Nelson can become the digital hub of New Zealand with ultrafast broadband [UFB] attracting overseas businesses to Nelson," Gigatown Nelson campaigner Karen Lee said.

Sealord fishing general manager Doug Paulin said Nelson's place as a digital hub would create a "real opportunity to keep young people here".

Ian Craig, of Core Transport Technologies, said if Nelson won Gigatown it would "create an environment with a perfect lifestyle, and a great educational platform that would attract people from outside at the top of their game in IT to come to Nelson".

Gigatown campaign spokeswoman Clare Atkins said an ongoing feature of the competition has been the genuine benefits accrued along the way, from the development of a "genuine grassroots-up online community", through to the recent murals by Askew One and the development of a potential digital strategy which will benefit the whole region.

The first stage of the competition ends in September, with the top five towns advancing to the final, which ends in November.

If you would like to support Nelson, go to gigatown.co.nz, register, and select Nelson as your home town to get 27 points for Nelson. Businesses which would like to support the campaign should email information@gigatownnelson.co.nz.

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- The Nelson Mail

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