Point scoring queried

CHE BAKER IN WANAKA
Last updated 14:17 04/12/2013

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Wanaka has done it, topping the Gigatown leaderboard but questions have been raised by those in the former leading town of Oamaru, about the validity of the take over.

Wanaka had a strong start in the competition since the competition was launched in October.

Last week Wanaka shot to the top of the board and remains ahead of the closest rival Oamaru by more than 77,000 points.

Gigatown, a 12-month competition run by Chorus New Zealand, will decide which town would be the first in the southern hemisphere to access a one gigabyte a second internet connection.

A total of 27 towns were taking part.Comments on the Oamaru Gigatown Facebook page show signs of disbelief and questioned whether the takeover was because of spam.

A comment by a page administrators said: ''Looks like Wanaka has finally topped us on the leaderboard #gigatownoamaru, thought to be honest, how they did it we still do not know.''

''Given the meteoric rise in points they have been achieving over the last week, we are uncertain as to the validity of those points,'' it says.

The administrator then said they would be meeting with Chorus to and find out about the next competition.

Wanaka won the first Instagram competition by Chorus last month and was given 10,000 points.

Part of the takeover could be attributed to Chorus adjusting scores after it was found Wanaka's population base was calculated as 30,000, the entire Queenstown Lakes region, when the correct figure was more like 8000.

Points were distributed on a population basis.

But Oamaru Gigatown ambassador Derek Golding said on its Facebook page that spam was part of the takeover as thousands of photos had been uploaded to Flickr gaining points but were not related to the competition.

It was an issue across the board, he said

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