Gigatown campaign reaches far corners

19:47, Aug 03 2014

Gigatown Timaru's campaign has gone global.

Harvey World Travel owner operator Kate Flynn came up with the idea of giving out the green hashtag to customers.

So far they have taken the hashtag to Nasa, Dubai, Mt Rushmore, Red Square in Russia and aboard a cruise ship.

"I am absolutely behind promoting Timaru. I think ADBT (Aoraki Development Business and Tourism) and Timaru are doing so well and I thought it would be a really cool idea to get it out into the world," Flynn said.

The hashtag symbol has become synonymous with the Gigatown Timaru campaign.

Telecommunications company Chorus is running a year-long competition for a town to be the first in the Southern Hemisphere to have the 1 gigabit per second internet rolled out.


The #gigatowntim campaign received a 100,000-points boost yesterday when it was announced Bluestone School came third in the junior section of the gigaschool competition, a video competition. Along with the points it was awarded a video camera.

Waimate mayor Craig Rowley has called on the town's residents to support Timaru in the national campaign. "I believe that we need to support Timaru as this promotion has huge potential for our whole South Canterbury region."

The town with the loudest voice will be well positioned to become a leading digital innovation hub for New Zealand, he said.

He urged residents to log in and sign up on the website, and also Facebook and Twitter.

The start of August means a new master class quiz online at, and the chance to win more points for Timaru.

The Timaru Herald