The idea

When the competition kicked off in October 2013, 50 towns from around New Zealand signed up to become the country's first Gigatown. In September 2014, only five towns made it through to the final round - Dunedin, Gisborne, Nelson, Timaru and Wanaka.

To earn points in the competition, supporters created relevant discussions on social media with town-specific hashtags, and completed different challenges that focused on the social and economic benefits of gigabit services.

In the final round, each town submitted a plan for gig success that outlined how they plan to use gigabit services to foster new ways of learning, playing and conducting business.


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