Gigatown team wins urban street art prize

Nelson is to get a new mural next week, thanks to the Gigatown Nelson campaign.

Nelson now has more than a million votes and is in second place in the nationwide competition which aims to bring ultrafast broadband to the region.

The competition uses social media for voters to promote their town or city.

Broadband installers Chorus will award one town or city the internet connection and $200,000 to help take advantage of the prize. Internet speeds will be about 80 times faster than an ADSL connection.

Nelson jumped to second place after winning the latest Chorus mini competition where campaigners created 30-second videos to show Chorus what the highspeed internet would do for them.

A video by Gigatown Nelson campaigner Michelle Lang won the competition, and an extra 200,000 points.

Part of the prize was a piece of urban street art by New Zealand artist Askew One.

The campaigners had a few ideas for where the mural would be painted in Nelson, and expected it to be put up next week to be finished by May 2.

In September, the top five towns will become Gigatown finalists and all scores will be reset to zero before the final round of competition commences.

Wanaka is currently in top place, Dunedin third.

During the finals, Chorus will take a representative from the five finalist towns to Chattanooga in Tennessee, so they can see firsthand how gigabit broadband has transformed the city, propelling it to No 1 in the United States for economic growth potential.