Ultrafast Broadband is coming to town
27 January 2017
Hauraki residents have little to pout about following welcome news ultrafast broadband is coming to their three main towns. The Council submitted an application to the Government in 2015 vying with other councils for a share of $300 million allocated to extending ultrafast broadband to more businesses and homes.
“We’re delighted to see Ngatea, Paeroa and Waihi included in the next fibre rollout,” said Hauraki District Mayor John Tregidga, “it’s been a long wait but it’s ended with a very positive result for us and many of our neighbouring towns too, which is fantastic to see.”
Fibre forecast to be available with 5 years
According to information on the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), and Crown Fibre Holdings websites, the Crown will invest a further $67.9 million in the Waikato Region, allowing 72% of people in the Waikato access to fibre by the end of 2024. In Hauraki towns it looks as though fibre will be available within five years. Chorus has picked up the job of building the Hauraki network with work forecast to be completed in Waihi in 2019, Ngatea in 2020, and Paeroa in 2022.
Hauraki District Council Economic Development Committee Chair Toby Adams said the news is bound to make Hauraki even more attractive as a destination for investment and talent.
“In this day and age fast, reliable internet is an essential business tool and the availability of ultrafast broadband will be another great reason to live, work and do business in our district.”
He also acknowledged the huge amount of work community group, Connect I.T, a collaboration between community representatives and Council’s economic development team, put into the 2015 application.
“This is a well-deserved result and a fantastic example of what can be achieved when the Council and the community work together,” he said.
View the video below to see how helpful ultrafast broadband is going to be here in Hauraki.
Connect I.T. Hauraki
21 December 2015
Connect I.T Hauraki is a name you'll hear mentioned a lot next year. Here's a taste of what's in store...
Are you ready?
A huge thankyou to Charlie Spicer, who did a fantastic job of filming and editing this, and all the local (and Wellington) talent who appeared in it. Just shows what can be achieved when the community comes together!
Government Receives Special Delivery from Hauraki
23 September 2015
The second part of Hauraki District Council’s application for broadband funding, its Digital Enablement Plan (DEP), has now been submitted and will be assessed in Wellington over the next few months.
The process has given the Council a valuable insight into the digital needs of its communities, says Hauraki District Mayor John Tregidga.
“Unsurprisingly, Hauraki residents and business owners want fast, reliable broadband that’s affordable - regardless of whether they live in our urban towns or more rural areas,” he says.
The DEP links to a comprehensive programme of work to improve digital infrastructure and utilise technology to enhance community and business growth over the next three to four years.
At this stage of the application process Ngatea, Waihi, and Paeroa have all made the funding long list, but Mr Tregidga says the Council is looking beyond that to the needs of the entire District and will find ways to implement the DEP regardless of the outcome of its application.
“In today’s world, the internet is as important as our roads, it’s the highway of the future and if we want people to come and live and do business here we need to keep up,” he says.
Paeroa Ward Councillor and Economic Development Committee Chairman Toby Adams agrees.
“The availability of Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) is one of the first questions asked by businesses looking to locate in the area. We are extremely well positioned in relation to bigger cities, enjoy a great lifestyle and don’t have to put up with rush hour traffic – throw in UFB and it’s hard to find a reason not to come to Hauraki,” he says.
Hauraki Towns made the long list
2 September 2015
Ngatea, Paeroa and Waihi towns have been included in the long list for Ultra Fast Broadband.
It's still a pretty long list that doesn't guarantee eventual funding - but it's definitely better to be on it than not!
Kaiaua and Kerepehi are not on the list but that doesn't exclude them from receiving fibre should a supplier wish to deliver it. We'll keep working on that one...
Application for funding
14 July 2015
The first part of our application for funding to improve broadband and mobile services in Hauraki has been submitted to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.
Thank you to everyone who completed our survey, liked our Facebook page and answered our questions. This information has been very useful and has been included as support to our application.
The working group are very happy with the case put forward and are now working on the second part of the application, due mid-September. The government is expected to announce its decision in December.
In the meantime follow our Hauraki Ultra Fast Broadband Facebook page to keep up-to-date on the progress.
Hauraki Ultra Fast Broadband Competition
12 June 2015
And the winner of our competition is...Charlie Spicer!
Huge congratulations from the Mayor, Hauraki Ultrafast Broadband team and everyone at Hauraki District Council! Charlie is a 15-year-old Waihi College student with some great ideas.
Hauraki District Mayor John Tregidga presented the winning iPad mini 3 to Charlie.
Watch our video of the presentation and find out more about talking to 3-D holograms of overseas family members in your own lounge. In Charlie’s world you can program your house-bot to look after things while you travel overseas too!
YouTube Video - Hauraki Ultrafast Competition Winner
What is Ultra Fast Broadband?
Ultrafast broadband uses a new kind of fibre optic technology unaffected by distance and most other interference.
Not so long ago few people could have envisaged the internet, let alone smart phones. In the same way this new technology will pave the way for new ideas we haven’t yet dreamed of.
UFB levels the playing field. Massive increase in speed and reliability. A vast increase in productivity. The ability to compete with businesses based in larger cities, both within New Zealand and internationally.
A more flexible work environment. Better work/life balance. Access to more tertiary providers. Smarter connections with health professionals. Better connectivity and more information. More free time.