Students tweet for Timaru

Last updated 05:00 03/04/2014
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TECH TALK: Students participate in a Gigatown Timaru presentation led by Iain Bamber of Aoraki Development Business and Tourism.

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Timaru Girls' High School (TGHS) students were yesterday encouraged to tweet and use Facebook throughout assembly.

It was all in the name of #gigatowntimaru, part of the competition to help the Timaru community win the country's fastest broadband.

Principal Sarah Davis said the use of phones was not part of a normal assembly, but it was a lot of fun for everyone.

"We were happy to make an assembly about #gigatowntimaru.

"It would be great for us if we [Timaru] won." The winning town will get a broadband service 100 times faster than normal and receive a $200,000 development fund in the Chorus-sponsored promotion.

Davis said student leaders walked around with giant green hashtags all day, taking photos, and she was looking forward to seeing the progress from their involvement.

Aoraki Development Business and Tourism (ADBT) chief executive Wendy Smith said it was now strategically targeting schools, as the youth were the demographic most engaged in social media.

"Also Chorus has launched a video competition for schools, so it fits in well," Smith said.

She said ADBT would be approaching other schools to find a way to best fit with them for a presentation.

Smith said ADBT would be happy to present its programme to any community group, young or old, to help increase the #gigatowntimaru points.

ADBT business services manager Sam Callander said Gigatown Timaru was still sitting in fifth place, behind Queenstown, after yesterday's launch, but only by 10,000 points.

"We average 5000 points a day, but with the schools coming on board we should be able to easily overtake them," Callander said.

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- The Timaru Herald


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