Those developing a plan to take advantage of increasing
access to the internet and digital technology across Otago
say they first need a clear picture of the digital challenges
the region faces.
A new region-wide survey gives residents and business people
until next month to tell their councils about their internet
and digital skills as well as services needs and challenges.
The Dunedin City Council, Clutha, Waitaki and Central Otago
District Councils and the Otago Regional Council, led by the
Dunedin Digital Office, will use the information to help
produce a digital strategy for Otago.
Stuart Dillon-Roberts, from the digital office, said the
strategy would provide an action plan to equip and prepare
the community to take advantage of digital opportunities in
The survey was an important part of building a vision of how
Otago could connect to, increase digital technology and
capitalise on it, he said.
A "digital bus" would travel around Otago, seeking ideas,
submissions and feedback. Workshops would be held with
schools and businesses.
Results from the survey would be made available in the new
year, the aim being to have the Otago digital strategy
developed by March.
The survey can be found at www.surveymonkey.com/s/OtagoDigitalStrategy,
on the websites of the Dunedin Digital Office and
participating councils, and in hard copy at their offices.