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

 


Eastland Group lays down a Gigatown challenge

Eastland Group lays down a Gigatown challenge – “we’ve still got a shot at this”


One of Gisborne’s largest and most innovative businesses has upped the ante for the Gigatown competition, signing all its staff up to the nationwide competition and encouraging other local businesses to do the same.

Eastland Group’s action follows hot on the heels of Gisborne District Council and Pultron Composites, who did exactly the same thing last week.

The company’s general manager business development, Gavin Murphy, says the impact of winning the Gigatown competition and receiving “internet at the speed of light” cannot be over-emphasised.

“If Gisborne wins Gigatown, our households and businesses will get internet access at the speed of one gigabit per second for uploads and downloads, at a cost of around $70 or $80 a month – if we wanted to pay for that now it’d cost more like $500 a month. We’ll also win a $200,000 innovation fund to enable our region to fully utilise the opportunity that Gigabit broadband service brings. This is a tangible opportunity for us to improve our local economy and the overall prosperity of our region.

“We’re challenging every business in Gisborne to sign their staff up. We need to work together to make this happen. Gisborne’s still got a real shot at getting into the top five and being a part of the final stage of the competition,” he added. On 31 September, all scores will be reset to zero and the five finalist towns will need to collect the most points before the close of the competition to become the winning Gigatown.

“To get into the top five we need about 2000 more people to register with Gigatown and complete the current quiz by the end of this month so that we can boost our points with the quizzes in August and September.”

Gigatown’s local project manager, Yvette Kinsella says she has an “army of volunteers” ready to assist with the quizzes.

Yvette says businesses wanting to take on the challenge can contact ExpressPR on 867-7444, or email: nicola@expresspr.co.nz

“Or, of course, you can simply go to gigatown.co.nz and register yourself online. Don’t forget to complete the quiz though – that’s where the chance for these extra points will come!”

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Scoop Business: Alex Swney Pleads Guilty To $2.5M Fraud Charge

Alex Swney, former chief executive of the Auckland city centre business association Heart of the City, has pleaded guilty to dishonestly using documents to obtain $2.5 million. More>>

ALSO:

Petrol Burns Prices: Second Consecutive Quarterly Fall For CPI

The consumers price index (CPI) fell 0.3 percent in the March 2015 quarter, following a 0.2 percent fall in the December 2014 quarter, Statistics New Zealand said today. The last time the CPI showed two consecutive quarterly falls was in the December 1998 and March 1999 quarters. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: NZ Broadcasters Launch Battle Against Global Mode ISPs

New Zealand broadcasters have confirmed they’ve launched legal proceedings against internet service providers who give customers’ access to “global mode”, which allows customers access to offshore online content, claiming it breaches the local content providers’ copyright. More>>

ALSO:

Sanford: Closure Of Christchurch Mussel Processing Plant Confirmed

The decision comes after a period of consultation with the 232 staff employed at the Riccarton site, who were told on 9 April that Sanford was considering the future of mussel processing in Christchurch. Recent weather patterns had impacted on natural spat (offspring) supply... More>>

ALSO:

Price Of Cheese: Dairy Product Prices Fall To The Lowest This Year

Dairy product prices fell in the latest GlobalDairyTrade auction, hitting the lowest level in the 2015 auctions so far, as prices for milk powder and butter slid amid concern about the outlook for commodities. More>>

ALSO:

Houston, We Have An Air Route: Air New Zealand To Fly Direct To The Heart Of Texas

Air New Zealand will fly its completely refitted Boeing 777-200 aircraft between Auckland and Houston up to five times a week opening up the state of Texas as well as popular nearby tourist states such as Louisiana and Florida. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: Reserve Bank’s Spencer Calls On Govt To Rethink Housing Tax

The Reserve Bank has urged the government to take another look at a capital gains tax on investment in housing, allow increased high-density development and cut red tape for planning consents to address an over-heated Auckland property market. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Business
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news