Gigatown voters urged to vote for Otago towns

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Oamaruvians who are still interested in getting involved with Gigatown are being urged to vote for Otago neighbours Dunedin and Wanaka.

Oamaru is in a tricky situation with affiliations with three of the five finalists in the nationwide Gigatown competition.

Timaru, Wanaka, Nelson, Dunedin and Gisborne are the five towns competing for the coveted Gigatown crown and Gigatown Oamaru ambassadors are advising Oamaruvians to back one of their Otago neighbours.

Waitaki mayor Gary Kircher said the logical choice was to back one of the Otago towns.

“There is a bit of biased towards the Otago towns, but that’s because we are part of the Otago umbrella so it makes sense supporting them,” he said.

“However as to which one they support it doesn’t really matter.”

Gigatown Oamaru have handed over the right of their Facebook page to Dunedin and Wanaka to help them attract voters who are still keen.

“Dunedin have taken it on board and are posting things to the page,” Mr Kircher said.

Whitestone Cheese chief executive Simon Berry was also in support of backing the Otago towns.

“It would be silly not to we have more of an affiliation with the Otago towns and I expect that’s who locals will vote for.”

Lance Streeter and Derek Golding who were also Gigatown ambassadors said they didn’t mind who Oamaru backed.

“I don’t really mind, I’m trying to keep away from all of this Gigatown stuff now people can vote for whoever,” Mr Golding said.

“We have benefits from all three and are involved with them all; it’s totally up to the public who they vote for,” he said.

Meanwhile, Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean will be hoping everybody votes for Wanaka to help her win her Gigatown challenge with Nelson MP Nick Smith.

By BRAYDEN LINDSAY