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Sera's video boosts gigatown chances

AUDREY MALONE
Last updated 05:00 16/07/2014

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South Pacific Sera has won the large business video competition for gigatowntim, helping Timaru into second place overall.

Wanaka is still top of the leaderboard, but gigatowntim knocked Nelson down to third yesterday morning with South Pacific Sera's submission demonstrating how giga-speed would enhance its business.

The win netted gigatowntim 250,000 points, on top of another 600,000 points because 30 businesses (the maximum allowed) participated in the video competition.

Aoraki Development Business and Tourism (ADBT) business services manager Sam Callander said it was another step towards winning the competition and opening the door for Timaru to become New Zealand's smartest and most-connected city

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

Gigatown is part of a year-long, nationwide competition run by telecommunications company Chorus.

The town that wins will get a $200,000 development fund and be the first in the country to have one-gigabit-per-second internet.

Callander said it was thanks to the support of more than 30 local businesses and the community that it had achieved second place on the leaderboard.

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- The Timaru Herald

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