Saturday, October 27, 2012

Wanganui: Too Smart For Its Own Good?

Wanganui is a top contender to be named Intelligent Community of the Year for 2013.
The city is one of 21 towns and cities named as semifinalists in the worldwide 2013 Intelligent Community of the Year award, and is the first community in NZ to reach the semifinals since the awards started in the 1990s.
The selection underlines the city's work to embrace the challenges of broadband and developing strategies to use the new technologies for the benefit of the community.
Wanganui's Mayor, Annette Main says it's fantastic news for the city. She says Wanganui has gone up against much larger centres, many with universities and significant digital networks already in place, and this recognises the progress Wanganui has made in economic and social terms through adopting a pro-active approach to acquiring and using new technologies. The Intelligent Communities Forum says a place among the year's Smart21 is considered a "badge of honour".
Wanganui will be judged against towns and cities from US, Australia, Canada, Taiwan, Portugal, Brazil, Greece, Finland, Estonia, China and Albania. In January the forum will name seven finalists, with the announcement of the winner of the 2013 Intelligent Community in June.
A nice accolade, true...but the city's obviously not smart enough to permanently remove gangs, gang insignia, and NZ's worst convicted paedophile Stewart Wilson from its midst though, eh!

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