Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 


Whanganui Mayor Congratulates Top 7

Whanganui Mayor Congratulates Top 7

Whanganui Mayor Annette Main congratulates the seven communities worldwide selected as Top7 Intelligent Communities for 2014 by the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF).

The Top7 Intelligent Communities were recognised for fusing technology, culture and collaboration in order to achieve economic sustainability.

Whanganui, a district in the North Island of New Zealand, did not make the Top7 list, but was recognised as a Smart21 community in 2013 and 2014. Only communities selected for the Smart21 list were able to apply for the Top7.

The Top7 are: Arlington County, Virginia (United States), Columbus, Ohio (United States), Hsinchu City (Taiwan), Kingston, Ontario (Canada), New Taipei City (Taiwan), Toronto, Ontario (Canada) and Winnipeg, Manitoba (Canada).

Mayor Main, who chairs the Whanganui Digital Leaders Forum, says the application process was extremely challenging and the Top7 communities deserve the recognition.

“Whanganui submitted a comprehensive application for the Top7 status. We should be incredibly proud of ourselves for what we have achieved so far and for being recognised as a Smart21 community in both 2013 and 2014. We will continue to try to reach the ICF’s global benchmarks in 2015 and beyond. In the meantime, the Whanganui Digital Leaders Forum is looking at working with the ICF on a community Accelerator programme toward the end of this year.

“This will provide us with tools to improve competitiveness, develop new projects and enhance our community’s ability to adapt in the fastmoving broadband economy.

We will also be able to assess our strengths, weaknesses and opportunities as part of a metrics programme, which will help us to effectively focus on making sustainable progress.”

Mayor Main says the programme will also help educate our community to become advocates and leaders in Whanganui’s growing digital economy.

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Scoop Business: Leighton-Led WGP To Build, Manage Transmission Gully

The Wellington Gateway Partnership, led by a unit of ASX-listed Leighton Holdings, has won the $1 billion contract to build the Transmission Gully road north of Wellington. More>>

ALSO:

Gareth Morgan: The Government’s Fresh Water Policy – Revisited

Fresh water quality is the latest area to be in the sights of Gareth Morgan and his research organisation The Morgan Foundation... They found that the fresh water policy was a bit murkier than the Environment Minister let on. More>>

ALSO:

Interest Rates: RBNZ Hikes OCR To 3.5%, ‘Period Of Assessment’ Now Needed

Reserve Bank governor Graeme Wheeler raised the official cash rate as expected, while signalling a pause in rate hikes to assess the impact of moves so far this year. The kiwi dollar sank after Wheeler said its strength was “unjustified” and that the currency could have “a significant fall.” More>>

ALSO:

Fonterra: Canpac Site 'Resize' To Focus More On Paediatrics

Fonterra is looking at realigning its packing operations at Canpac, in the Waikato, to focus more on paediatric nutritionals... The proposed changes could mean around 110 roles may not be required at the site which currently employs 330. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: Postie Plus Brand Gets 2nd Chance With Well-Funded Pepkor

The Postie Plus brand is getting a new lease of life after South Africa’s Pepkor bought the failed retailer’s assets out of administration and said it will use its purchasing power to reduce costs of stock and fatten margins. More>>

ALSO:

Warming: Warming Signs From State Of Climate Report

Climate data from air, land, sea and ice in 2013 'reflect trends of a warming planet' -- says the latest State of the Climate report, launched by U.S. and New Zealand scientists. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
Computer Power Plus

Standards New Zealand

Standards New Zealand
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Business
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news