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Gigatown Start Up Competition

On your town’s verified #Gigatown Facebook page, upload a 1 to 3 minute YouTube video that tells our panel of business experts why your town has the most potential to become the start up capital of the South Pacific with gig services. You could help your town win big Gigapoints.

Gigapoints up for grabs:

Decided by Massey University’s ecentre business incubator and accelerator, the following Gigapoints will be awarded:

1st place - 400,000 Gigapoints plus a digital strategy workshop with leading digital marketing company, Contagion, (winning town organisers to select the individual or company to receive the workshop).

2nd place - 200,000 Gigapoints

3rd place - 100,000 Gigapoints

How to play:

To enter you need to create a 1-3 minute inspirational YouTube video in a TED-talk format style (a succinct video, with one person talking to camera or an audience) that demonstrates why your town has the most potential to become the start up capital of the South Pacific with gig services. – only one entry per town!

The completed YouTube video must be uploaded to your town’s verified #Gigatown community Facebook page, with both the supported town’s short hashtag (eg #GigatownXYZ) and #GigaStart included in both the YouTube and Facebook text descriptions.

Your YouTube video entry must comply with YouTube’s platform requirements, including suitable file formats.

You will have until 5pm on Monday 11th August to post your video to your town’s verified community Facebook page. See pages here.

Videos posted after this date will not be eligible for the final judging round.

No page for your town? Go on, take the first step and start one. To ensure your page meets our verification criteria, you must notify the Chorus social media team via our Chorus Facebook page.

Now it is time for your community to choose its stand out entry:

Your town’s Facebook Community Managers must then choose the top standout video entry that will go on to represent your town in the final round of judging. Town Facebook Community Managers are responsible for supplying a link to their top outstanding video entry to Chorus via Chorus’ Facebook Page message inbox by 5pm, Thursday 14th August. Videos posted after this time will not be eligible for judging.

The Start Up competition judging process and criteria:

Massey University’s ecentre, led by CEO Steve Corbett, will award first, second and third place by assessing the answer to the following question:

“Tell us why your town has the most potential to become the start up capital of the South Pacific with gig services.”

Here’s the detail:

There is only one video entry per town. The video link must be uploaded on your town’s verified community Facebook page by 5pm, Monday 11th August for selection by your town’s Facebook Community Managers.

Facebook Community Managers are responsible for selecting their town’s best video for entry submission. The final town entry must be submitted to Chorus via Chorus’ Facebook Page message inbox by 5pm, Thursday 14th August.

The person or persons creating and uploading the video are responsible for ensuring that they have permission to use images and the names of all people appearing in the video. Chorus may reject entries that are not authorised by the individuals or businesses involved in the video, or where the creator has not obtained permission to use images and names of the people, groups or companies appearing in the video.

Only one video entry is allowed per individual Facebook account for consideration for the town entry. We reserve the right to disqualify entries from people submitting multiple videos from the one Facebook account.

Facebook video submissions will earn points for your town in the usual way.

The ecentre’s decision is final. No correspondence will be entered into.

The Gigatown leadership team of the winning town is responsible for selecting the recipients of the digital strategy session.

The digital strategy session with Contagion will be conducted remotely via video conference. Alternatively the winner may pay for travel to Auckland for a face-to-face digital strategy session at Contagion’s offices.

The leadership team must provide Chorus with the name and contact details of the recipients of the digital strategy session no later than 5pm, Monday 1st September 2014. Towns may risk forfeiting this prize if they do not provide Chorus with the recipient’s details by this date.

Terms and conditions apply to this competition.

Entries open - Thursday 24th July, 2014

Entries close - 5pm, Monday 11th August, 2014. The video link must be uploaded on your town’s verified community Facebook page by this time and date.

Town Facebook Community Managers must supply the link to their town’s top outstanding video entry to Chorus’s Facebook Page message inbox by 5pm Thursday 14th August.

Judging by Massey University’s ecentre to take place Monday 18th August – Friday 22nd August

Winning towns announced and points awarded on the Gigatown website – Tuesday 26th August

The winning town has until 5pm, Monday 1st September to notify Chorus of the persons who will receive the digital strategy session.

Take the Great Fibre Quiz

Test your knowledge (and use the clues) to earn 10 points for
your town in our Gigaquiz.

Take the Gigaquiz now and earn 10 points when you answer all 5 questions correctly.

How to play:

1. You have to be a supporter of Gigatown and signed in at gigatown.co.nz to complete the Gigaquiz.

If you are not yet a supporter, then it is easy to join:

1) Click on the JOIN UP button
2) Sign up via Facebook and choose a town to support
OR
Sign up with your email address and click on the activation email to choose a town to support.
Once you’re signed in to gigatown.co.nz, click on Gigaquiz (or click on Dashboard and navigate to Gigaquiz).

2. There are 5 Questions to answer.

You can take the Gigaquiz as many times as you like, until you get all 5 questions right (each of the questions has Gigaclues to help you out).
When you’ve answered the 5 questions correctly, you earn 10 points for the town you support.

Each Gigatown supporter can complete each Gigaquiz topic once to receive 10 points for their town.

The 10 points for each successful Gigaquiz completion will be adjusted relative to the town’s size to become Gigapoints.
The Gigapoints will be added to your town’s total on submission of the successful quiz.

Gigatown terms and conditions apply to this promotion.

How It Works

Gigatown can be the most connected, gig-savvy town in the Southern hemisphere with access to a one gigabit per second (1Gbps) internet connection.

How do we decide who gets to be Gigatown? Actually, we don't decide - you do.

We're looking for the town that wants it the most. There are two ways we’ll be measuring that drive, enthusiasm and determination to be Gigatown:

1. by listening out for the town with the loudest voice on social media; and

2. by tallying up the supporters for each
town signing up on this website.

Click here to find out more...

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Choose a town

The towns taking part in our Gigatown competition are all areas where Chorus is deploying fibre to bring ultra-fast broadband services within reach of Kiwi homes and businesses.

Chorus is rolling out fibre to around 70% of the ultra-fast broadband footprint across New Zealand, in a programme of work that's scheduled to be completed at the end of 2019.

Click here to find out more...

View areas covered

Whakatane

#GigatownWHK

Rotorua

#GigatownROT

Gisborne

#GigatownGIS

Hastings

#GigatownHAS

Napier

#GigatownNAP

Taupo

#GigatownTUO

Palmerston North

#GigatownPMN

Feilding

#GigatownFLD

Masterton

#GigatownMTN

Kapiti

#GigatownKAP

Levin

#GigatownLEV

Porirua

#GigatownPOR

Upper Hutt

#GigatownUHT

Hutt City

#GigatownHUT

Richmond

#GigatownRMD

Nelson

#GigatownNSN

Blenheim

#GigatownBLN

Ashburton

#GigatownASH

Greymouth

#GigatownGMT

Dunedin

#GigatownDUN

Oamaru

#GigatownOAM

Wanaka

#GigatownWKA

Queenstown

#GigatownQTN

Timaru

#GigatownTIM

Invercargill

#GigatownIVC

Earning Points

We’ll be looking for and counting #Gigatown[your town] hashtags for each competing town. Each town has its own hashtags and every eligible hashtag use counts as one point.

On Twitter, YouTube and Instagram all you need to do to earn points is use your town's hashtags.

It’s a little different on Facebook, Wordpress and Tumblr though, where we’ll only be looking for #Gigatown[your town] hashtags on nominated fan pages - check out the rules, and don't forget that spam doesn't count.

Click here to find out more

On Facebook, every public posting with a #Gigatown [your town] hashtag on nominated public Gigatown fan pages will count, with a maximum of one point per posting. In addition, one point for every comment.

We can't count posts on private or personal FB pages or FB groups.

Click here to find out more and see what pages count

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Twitter

Every tweet or retweet with a #Gigatown[your town] hash tag earns a point, with a maximum of one point per tweet per person.

Don't forget, there's no points for spam

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You Tube

Videos with a #Gigatown[your town] hashtag in either the title or description will get one point.

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Instagram

Every post with a #Gigatown[your town] hashtag earns a point, with a maximum of one point per item.

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Wordpress

Every posting with a #Gigatown[your town] hashtag on a nominated Gigatown blog will count, with a maximum of one point per posting.
In addition, one point for each comment that includes #Gigatown[your town]

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Tumblr

Every posting with a #Gigatown[your town] hashtag on a Gigatown nominated blog will count, with a maximum of one point per posting.
In addition, one point for each comment that includes #Gigatown[your town].

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Hashtags to use

Each competing town has a long and shortened hashtag. You can use either, but we'll only count one hashtag per tweet, video or post, even if you use both hashtags.

Find out how to earn points for your town.
Whakatane #GigatownWhakatane#GigatownWHK
Rotorua #GigatownRotorua#GigatownROT
Taupo #GigatownTaupo#GigatownTUO
Gisborne#GigatownGisborne#GigatownGIS
Napier#GigatownNapier#GigatownNAP
Hastings #GigatownHastings#GigatownHAS
Feilding #GigatownFeilding#GigatownFLD
Palmerston North#GigatownPalmNth#GigatownPMN
Levin#GigatownLevin#GigatownLEV
Kapiti #GigatownKapiti#GigatownKAP
Masterton #GigatownMasterton#GigatownMTN
Upper Hutt #GigatownUpperHutt#GigatownUHT
Hutt City#GigatownHuttCity#GigatownHUT
Porirua #GigatownPorirua#GigatownPOR
Ohariu#GigatownOhariu#GigatownOHR
Rongotai#GigatownRongotai#GigatownRGT
Wellington Central#GigatownWgtnCentral#GigatownWNC
Nelson#GigatownNelson#GigatownNSN
Richmond#GigatownRichmond#GigatownRMD
Blenheim#GigatownBlenheim#GigatownBLN
Greymouth #GigatownGreymouth#GigatownGMT
Ashburton#GigatownAshburton#GigatownASH
Timaru #GigatownTimaru#GigatownTIM
Oamaru #GigatownOamaru#GigatownOAM
Queenstown#GigatownQueenstown#GigatownQTN
Dunedin#GigatownDunedin#GigatownDUN
Invercargill#GigatownInvercargill#GigatownIVC
Wanaka#GigatownWanaka#GigatownWKA
Auckland Central#GigatownAuckCentral#GigatownAKC
Auckland Downtown#GigatownAuckDntown#GigatownAKD
Botany#GigatownBotany#GigatownBTY
East Coast Bays#GigatownECBays#GigatownECB
Epsom#GigatownEpsom#GigatownEPM
Helensville#GigatownHelensville#GigatownHVL
Hunua#GigatownHunua#GigatownHNA
Mangere#GigatownMangere#GigatownMGR
Manukau East#GigatownManukauEast#GigatownMNK
Manurewa#GigatownManurewa#GigatownMNR
Maungakiekie#GigatownMaungakiekie#GigatownMGK
Mt Albert#GigatownMtAlbert#GigatownMAB
Mt Roskill#GigatownMtRoskill#GigatownMRK
New Lynn#GigatownNewLynn#GigatownNLN
North Shore#GigatownNthShore#GigatownNSH
Northcote#GigatownNorthcote#GigatownNCT
Pakuranga#GigatownPakuranga#GigatownPKR
Papakura#GigatownPapakura#GigatownPPK
Rodney#GigatownRodney#GigatownRDY
Tamaki#GigatownTamaki#GigatownTMK
Te Atatu#GigatownTeAtatu#GigatownTAT
Waitakere#GigatownWaitakere#GigatownWTK

The Finals

The first round of the Gigatown competition closes on Friday 12 September 2014.

On 17 September 2014 the top five towns in our competition will become our Gigatown finalists and go on to compete for the winning spot.

All scores will be reset to zero ready for the finals to begin on Wednesday 17 September.

During the finals Chorus will be taking representatives from the five finalist towns to Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA so they can see for themselves the difference that gigabit broadband can make – and inspire their own community. The winning Gigatown will be announced on Wednesday 26 November.

Click here for more details

The Winning Gigatown

The winning Gigatown – that’s the town with the most points at the end of the competition final -will be ideally placed to become a leading digital innovation hub for New Zealand. They’ll have:

  • Gigatown connectivity - Chorus will make a special 1Gbps wholesale service available in the winning Gigatown at a special price, and
  • A Gigatown development fund - a $200,000 fund provided by Chorus and Alcatel Lucent’s ng Connect will support entrepreneurs and innovators taking new services over Gigabit fibre to market for Gigatown.

Click here for more details

Frequently Asked Questions

These FAQs are designed to provide a better understanding of the competition.

Click on any question to reveal it's answer.

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Do I have to live in a town to support it in the Gigatown competition?

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You can support any town you like with your social media activity or your supporters' network sign-up – you don’t need to live there.

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Am I in a Chorus ultra-fast broadband area?

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You can find out if you’re in a Chorus ultra-fast broadband area by entering your address here

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I live in a Chorus ultra-fast broadband town, but my street isn’t getting ultra-fast broadband.

Will I still benefit from Gigatown?

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The area covered by the Chorus ultra-fast broadband network won’t be altered if the town wins our Gigatown competition.

Even if gigabit broadband services aren’t available at your home address, though, there are still ways you’ll likely benefit from having the services in your town.

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What if my street is in Gigatown, but isn’t due to have access to ultra-fast broadband services until much later?

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To ensure we meet our commitments around the country Chorus will continue to build the fibre network for ultra-fast broadband according to our planned schedule – even in the town that wins our Gigatown competition.

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Won’t bigger towns have an advantage?

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They won’t, because the social media and supporters’ points are adjusted for population size before being displayed as Gigapoints. That means a town of 15,000 has as much chance of winning as a town of 50,000. It’s all about your town’s engagement and determination.

Population figures for each town are based on Statistics New Zealand 2013 council and electorate data.

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How are Gigapoints calculated?

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Gigapoints shown on our leaderboard are a combination of social media activity points and supporters' network sign-up points, which are both Adjusted for the population size of the town.

Gigapoints = (Eligible social media points + Supporters' network points) x Adjustment factor for town population

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I live in Auckland – how can I take part in Gigatown?

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Auckland City is competing in our competition in individual electorate areas, with just one exception - the Auckland Central electorate area is competing as two towns:

  • Auckland Downtown - includes Auckland CBD, Downtown, Westhaven Marina and Waiheke Island
  • Auckland Central - includes the suburbs of Freemans Bay, St Mary’s Bay, Herne Bay, Western Springs, Westmere, Ponsonby, Grey Lynn and Newton.

You can see details of the areas here.

If you aren’t sure what electorate you live in you can find out at http://www.elections.org.nz/voters/find-my-electorate

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I live in Wellington
-how can I take part in Gigatown?

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Wellington City is competing in our competition in its three electorate areas, with the following adjustment:

  • Ohariu– the Ohariu Gigatown competition area is as the Ohariu electorate with the addition of Linden and Greenacres but excluding Korokoro, Maungaraki, Normandale and Tirohanga (which are competing as part of Hutt City).

You can see details of the areas here.

If you aren’t sure what electorate you live in you can find out at http://www.elections.org.nz/voters/find-my-electorate

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How did you decide how larger cities would take part in the Gigatown competition?

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We talked to local councils around the country in the early stages of developing this competition. Where cities were too large to compete as one town we worked with councils to ensure we had a way for their people to compete.

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What broadband providers will be able to provide services in Gigatown?

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Chorus is working closely with its customers who provide ultra-fast broadband services to homes and businesses.

We’ll be supporting these broadband providers to enable them to offer services in the winning Gigatown.

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What download and upload speeds can I expect if I’m in Gigatown?

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The services available to homes and businesses will be designed by retail broadband providers and it will be up to them to decide the full details of the services. The Gigatown Wholesale Service will have a headline downstream speed of 1 Gigabit per second (1Gbps) across the Chorus access network. The headline speed is the peak speed attainable in the access network, but is not necessarily representative of the actual speeds that the end user will receive all the time. The maximum upstream or downstream line speed the Gigatown Wholesale Service can support on the end user’s line may be limited by a number of factors.

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When will 1Gbps services become available in the winning town?

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Chorus will be working closely with its customers (retail broadband providers) to launch 1Gbps services in the winning town as soon as possible – though it’s likely that this will take a few months from the end of the competition.

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If my town wins, what will it cost to get a 1Gbps broadband service?

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Chorus will provide a sponsored Gigatown Wholesale Service with headline download speeds of 1Gbps, however the retail cost of 1Gbps services to homes and businesses will be set by individual broadband providers.

In the vast majority of cases there is minimal cost to residential broadband customers to get an ultra-fast broadband connection installed.

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How long with the special rates last for?

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Chorus will provide the sponsored Gigatown Wholesale Service for three years from the service launch date. At the end of the Gigatown promotion period we will work with broadband providers to transition end customers to either the then market price for the 1Gbps service, or appropriate alternative plans.

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What if I have a business broadband line?

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The services available to businesses will be designed by retail broadband providers and it will be up to them to decide the full details of the services and costs.

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If I’m already using ultra-fast broadband services, will I need new equipment installed in my home?

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The Chorus equipment installed outside and inside your home will not need to be changed, however the modem or residential gateway provided by your broadband provider may need upgrading.

Your broadband provider will be able to tell you more towards to the end of the competition.

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What technology will be used to deliver the Gigabit services?

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New Zealand’s high speed ultra-fast broadband plans are based on Gigabit passive optical network (GPON) technology, which is capable of delivering downlink speeds of up to 1Gpbs.

This same GPON technology is used by many other fibre broadband operators around the world.

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Are there examples around the world of the difference that this kind of high-speed connectivity can make to a community?

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Chattanooga in Tennessee, USA credits gigabit technology with being one of the major contributors to the transformation of its economy.

Previously shamed as one of the most polluted and unliveable cities in America, Chattanooga was one of the first cities in the world to roll out a fibre to the premise network offering gigabit connection speeds to homes and businesses. This has been credited with playing a role in attracting a swell of economic investment into Chattanooga, including the expansion of Volkswagen’s Chattanooga plant and the establishment of Amazon.com facilities.

Chattanooga has also become a digital innovation centre that is driving development of next generation fibre applications.

Chattanooga’s fibre optic network has been emulated by a handful of other cities in the USA and it is studied internationally as a model of how to build the smart cities of the future.

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Who is Chorus?

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Chorus is a fixed line communications infrastructure company making a long-term investment in, and leading an industry transition to, ultra-fast broadband that will be built by 2020 in a large part of New Zealand.

Our customers, who are broadband and telecommunications providers, can all access our existing and new infrastructure so they can deliver better broadband and innovative new services and applications to New Zealand homes, schools, businesses and hospitals.

Our aim is to be world class at what we do, which will support further success for our country as well as keeping us connected to each other and the world.

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Make it count

On Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram all you need to do to earn points is use your #Gigatown[your town] hashtags.

On Facebook, Wordpress and Tumblr though, we’ll only be looking for #Gigatown[your town] hashtags on public Gigatown fan pages you nominate. We won’t be counting hashtags on personal or private pages or group pages on these platforms, so make sure your hashtags count.

See what Facebook pages and WordPress and Tumblr blogs are already set up for you to post on.

Nominate a new Gigatown community page:

Once we receive your page nomination, we’ll do a couple of checks to verify the page. First we’ll ensure the page set is up correctly (so we can count the points), then we’ll check it’s a genuine Gigatown page and not encouraging spam.

A list of verified pages will be kept on our website and updated fortnightly. If you think your page has been missed please send us a message on Facebook and nominate your page again.

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Auckland Map

  • 1. Auckland Central
  • 2. Auckland Downtown
  • 3. Botany
  • 4. East Coast Bays
  • 5. Epsom
  • 6. Helensville
  • 7. Hunua
  • 8. Mangere
  • 9. Manukau East
  • 10. Manurewa
  • 11. Maungakiekie
  • 12. Mt Albert
  • 13. Mt Roskill
  • 14. New Lynn
  • 15. North Shore
  • 16. Northcote
  • 17. Pakuranga
  • 18. Papakura
  • 19. Rodney
  • 20. Tamaki
  • 21. Te Atatu
  • 22. Waitakere
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Wellington Map

  • 1. Wellington Central
  • 2. Ohariu
  • 3. Rongotai
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How it works

Over the course of the competition, we'll measure social media and online community engagement in support of each eligible 'town’.

The town with the loudest voice will be New Zealand's first Gigatown, and will be well positioned to become a leading digital innovation hub for New Zealand, showcasing how ultra-fast broadband can re-define our economy, reshape how our children learn and change how our communities live, work and play.

Points will be counted up for each town and adjusted relative to the town’s size to become Gigapoints, which are displayed on this website so you can keep track of your town’s progress. The adjustment for town size ensures that each town has the same opportunity to be the Gigatown.

The five eligible towns with the most points at the end of the initial round will go forward to the finals. Find out more.

The team at Chorus are thrilled to be supporting New Zealand’s further success as well as keeping us connected to each other and the world.

We may amend the way the competition is conducted and the way points are awarded without giving advance notice. The latest competition rules will be available on this website, and we will email members of Gigatown supporters’ networks if there are any significant changes.

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Choose a Town

You can choose to support any town in a Chorus’ ultra-fast broadband area.

Chorus’ network availability map shows our UFB areas and gives indicative information on when UFB services will be available at a particular address. Chorus uses best efforts to ensure that the coverage maps are kept up to date, but we retain some flexibility within the long-term build schedule and may from time to time adjust availability dates.

The 1Gbps service will be available within the winning town only in areas where ultra-fast broadband services are available. For this reason, we can’t guarantee that the all the premises within the winning town will be able to access Gigatown services.

Find out more about the winning Gigatown

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Earn Points

Social media activity and supporters' network points will be counted up for each town and adjusted relative to the town’s size to become Gigapoints, which are displayed on this website so you can keep track of your town's progress.

The adjustment for town size ensures that each eligible town has the same opportunity to be the Gigatown.

To keep the Gigatown competition fair we'll also be doing regular sweeps for spam

We’ll be keeping an eye on Kiwis' online habits during our competition and we may add new networks to our list of eligible ones. If we do that, we’ll let you know on this website what network we’re adding and what counts as a point on the new platform.

Chorus may use any content you provide and any content you link to when participating in the Gigatown promotion.

See the competition terms for more details.

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The Finals

We'll publicly announce the winning Gigatown at the end of the competition final. Chorus’ determination of the winning Gigatown or any other aspect of this competition is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

We may amend the way the competition final is conducted and the way points are awarded to finalists, without giving advance notice. The latest competition rules will be available on this website, and we will endeavour to update members of Gigatown supporters’ networks via email if there are any significant changes.

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The Winning Gigatown

The Gigatown service:

Chorus provides wholesale telecommunications services which broadband providers use as the foundation for developing their retail phone and broadband services for New Zealand homes and businesses.

Chorus will make available in the winning Gigatown a special 1Gbps wholesale service, at a special price. This special ultra-fast broadband wholesale service (let’s call it the Gigatown Wholesale Service) will be available to broadband providers, who can then sell services based on it to home and business customers in the Gigatown. The service will be available for three years from the date it launches.

More about the Gigatown Wholesale Service

The actual services available to home and business customers in the Gigatown will be designed by broadband providers utilising our Gigatown Wholesale Service, which includes the ability to offer voice service over fibre. The broadband providers will decide the details of their own retail services, along with service charges.

A few things to note:

  • The Gigatown Wholesale Service is designed for mass-market services.
  • The Gigatown Wholesale Service will only be available within the winning town where ultra-fast broadband services are available.
  • Chorus isn’t responsible for any end services offered to customers, or whether any end service is offered by a particular broadband provider.
  • The Gigatown Wholesale Service will be a best-effort service with downstream headline speeds of 1 Gigabit per second (1Gbps). The headline speeds are the peak speeds attainable in the access network. They aren’t necessarily representative of the actual speeds that the end user will receive all the time, and there are a number of factors that may limit the maximum upstream or downstream line speed on an end user’s line, including:
    • the service and plan offered by the broadband provider;
    • wiring in the home or office (in particular, wi-fi within the premises will limit speeds available);
    • equipment and devices (including the age of the computer, operating system and modem);
    • the applications being used;
    • the internet beyond the access network (including how the broadband provider has configured its backhaul network); and
    • content sources (for example the performance of equipment such as servers at the remote destination).
  • Information about how to connect to an ultra-fast broadband service is available here Standard rules will apply for connection and installation charges and end users will need to talk to their broadband provider at the time of connection to find out what, if any, connection and installation charges will apply. Sometimes it’s necessary to get consent to the installation of Chorus’ network from third parties (eg in rights of way or multi-storey buildings); if Chorus cannot get this consent, it will not be possible for end users to connect to broadband services based on the Gigatown Wholesale Service.
  • At the end of the Gigatown promotion period the 1Gbps wholesale service price will change to the then market price. We will work with broadband providers to ensure end customers are transferred to appropriate alternative plans if they do not want to pay for a 1Gbps service at the market price.
  • Further details of the Gigatown Wholesale Service, including upstream speeds, will be announced at a later date.

The Gigatown development fund:

To enable the winning Gigatown to fully utilise the opportunity that Gigabit broadband service brings, Chorus has teamed with Alcatel Lucent’s ng Connect Programme to make available a development fund of $200,000. This fund will support entrepreneurs and innovators in the winning Gigatown as they develop services that utilise Gigabit broadband from a successful trial or prototype stage through to commercial launch.

Further details of the fund will be provided towards the end of the competition.

For more information about this competition please click to see the terms of use or here for answers to frequently asked questions.

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