Timaru videos boost hopes

AUDREY MALONE
Last updated 05:00 18/06/2014
timaru video gigatown joe bunting iain bamver brad dennison
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SUCCESS ON DISPLAY: Aoraki Development Business and Tourism's Joe Bunting and Iain Bamber go through video footage they made for the Gigatown competition with Brad Dennison, of Dennison Joinery.

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Timaru's campaign in the Gigatown competition to win the country's fastest internet could double its points after completing 30 videos last week.

The video challenge, held over two-and-a-half weeks as part of the Gigatown competition, had towns creating up to 30 videos on businesses, explaining how Gigaspeed broadband will enhance and improve their business and region.

Aoraki Development Business and Tourism (ADBT) chief executive Wendy Smith said it was great to show off the region's businesses.

"Timaru has many innovative, cutting-edge businesses that are eager to apply new technology, which Gigatown will enable.

"This video competition has been a great platform for us to uncover and share our innovative town with the rest of New Zealand."

Smith said #gigatowntim recently passed a million total points and it was an opportunity to potentially double the points with the high-quality videos produced.

Each video earned 20,000 points, meaning #gigatowntim has already accumulated an extra 600,000 points.

She said a judging panel would select three videos from all entries to earn extra points.

Smith said it was interesting to learn about the innovative ways South Canterbury businesses were using the internet to be leaders in their fields.

South Canterbury businesses featured included Dennison Joinery, Gordon Handy Machinery and playcentre Active Learners.

Smith said Gordon Handy was a business she drove past regularly but did not realise until the video was done that the tractors sold could be tracked using the internet.

This is part of a nationwide year-long competition, run by Chorus, which has been under way since September 2013.

Towns across New Zealand are competing to be the first hub in the country to get ultrafast broadband.

The winning town will also receive a $200,000 development fund to support entrepreneurs and innovators taking new services over gigabit fibre.

Smith said Timaru was currently in fifth place and needed to remain in the top five to make it through to the finals.

She said all the points would be wiped for the finals.

"The town needs your support, so if you have an email address then you can join up and pick up valuable points for Timaru," Smith said.

To view all the videos go to facebook.com/gigatowntim

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- The Timaru Herald

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