You've got to hand it to the marketeers at Chorus for a doing
a bonza job of getting people all excited about the roll out
of their new product (UFB). As a shareholder I'm pleased as
punch and would have been whichever town had won. Please
pardon my cynical observation which will no doubt be filed
under 'anti' but believe me it's not.
I think some locals are just jaded as they endlessly debate
the massive losses at the stadium, record debt, lack of
economic development, a contracting retail sector and a
rather uninspiring council. Now let's face it, there has been
very little to celebrate in Dunedin lately but it would be
hard to miss the excitement and enthusiasm this Gigatown
campaign has brought to the city.
If Gigatown helps rid us of the current malaise gripping our
city then how can it be bad?
It may not be the answer to all our woes but at least it has
people excited and believing in Dunedin's future. It is good
to hear some good news for a change and to see just how how
happy it has made people.
Not for the first time, in my view, that we find the Prime
Minister dancing on the head of a pin. He is very
good at it, God knows he has had plenty of experience in the
last 6 years.
How does one forget texting a blogger who was at the centre
of an inquiry of such importance, or misunderstand the
same simple question twice? It is instructive to me
that he returned to Parliament to correct his "mistake" after
the truth emerged.
He keeps saying that some details in the Gwyn
report are "contestable." That's not the same as
saying that those details are incorrect, or that the
Gwyn report was wrong. What he's doing, in my opinion,
is cunningly muddying the waters, hoping that somehow the
public will shrug their shoulders and let the issues
pass. The problem is that these issues are extremely
The question in my mind now is whether we can trust him
on anything since we can't know when we are being
Over the years he has assiduosly fashioned a wholesome
image portraying him as a folksy, unpolitical, great
bloke which appears to have been swallowed hook
line and sinker by a gullible electorate. Now we
are finding out how wrong we were.
We all did the work for you, i'm betting you did not
contribute at all to the #gigatowndunedin cause but are happy
to sit behind your computer and lamely attempt to bring down
all the hard work that the majority of Dunedinites have done
to try and bring something positive to our great city.
I love how the anti's use this forum (anonymously) for their
own agenda but never comment on the FB posts that the ODT
As is the norm for Dunedin the second comment made on this
wonderful achievement was by someone throwing in a negative.
How can Dunedin ever move ahead when it is full of negative
people determined to ridicule anything positive that this
We all banded together to make this happen, both businesses
that donated products and services and the public who
frantically hashtagged to keep us in the running.
Unfortunately there are a few that are just going to hate
something good happening that might just change a sleeping
backwater into a raging giant. Heaven forbid the city may
actually grow - we can't have that now can we?
OK, Dunedin won an advertising stunt run by Chorus. The money
won is probably what Chorus would have spent on advertising
"Seconds after the annoucement, Mayor Dave Cull was at the
podium in Wellington accepting the prize he said would have
real effect on Dunedin residents.
''This will affect their lives, it will affect their
children's job prospects, it will affect their educational
possibilities, it will affect their medical services, it will
affect their retail, it will affect every aspect of our
Can someone give me a real scenario how this will benefit the
ordinary person sitting at home? The solo parents struggling
to pay for those little extras when grocery shopping, The
senior citizen struggling to keep warm during the winter due
to the rising power costs? The person about to lose their job
as yet another business closes or relocates north?
Are Dunedin residents suddenly going to have free internet
supplied to their homes? Is Dunedin going to set up a free
wireless network that covers all of Dunedin including places
such as Palmerston, Mosgiel etc so people can move from
costly communication plans run by mobile companies?
Some businesses are going to benefit but not all, the
"knowledge economy" firms so often touted by governments will
embrace this for sure but to most companies, it just means
those annoying emails are going arrive that much faster.