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05/04/2018 3:20pm

The Waihi community will be the first in Hauraki to be able to connect to Ultra Fast Broadband as Chorus begins the roll out of their fibre network in May this year. Fibre is also being rolled out at Waihi Beach at the same time. Hauraki District Mayor John Tregidga says this is exciting news for the Waihi community,

“Being able to tap into ultra-fast broadband will bring huge benefits to the community and means we can all stay connected and competitive in today’s digital world. Like all our towns, Waihi is growing quickly as more people realise the advantages of living and doing business here.”

Drop-in meetings April 18

Chorus will be holding 2 drop-in meetings in the area on April 18 designed for locals to pop by and ask questions of the experts around how and when they can connect to fibre.

  • 11am - 2pm at Waitete Orchard, Waihi
  • 3pm to 7pm, at the Farm Gate Deli and Kitchen, Waihi Beach.

Mayor Tregidga encourages locals to use this opportunity to clarify any queries or concerns.

“Many of you will have questions you’d like answered around how to get connected and concerns about what it may involve. With this in mind, I’d encourage everyone who wants to connect or find out more about fibre to head to these drop-in events.”

Chorus Communications Advisor Holly Cushen says the information event provides an opportunity for locals to have a chat about the fibre build, how to connect or anything else they would like to know about.

“Postcards will be in mail boxes with details about the event. We’d love to see everyone come along,” she said.

Completion May 2019

Following build completion in May next year, more than 5000 homes and businesses across Waihi will be able to connect to world-class fibre broadband.

“We are excited to be bringing world-class connectivity to Waihi,” said Ed Beattie, Chorus General Manager of Infrastructure.

“Fibre provides the broadband equivalent of an autobahn right to the door of homes and businesses, and it will future-proof Waihi for the anticipated continued growth in data consumption for generations to come.”

Once the build work is complete, a postcard will be delivered to every property explaining how to connect and information is also available on the Chorus website.

Other Hauraki towns bumped up the list

Chorus also recently announced Ngatea, Paeroa, and Turua will receive Ultra Fast fibre earlier than originally planned. The newly announced completion dates for Hauraki towns are outlined below.

Classification Candidate Area Build Start - Financial Year Build Complete
UFB2 Ngatea 2019 Oct 2019
UFB2 Paeroa 2019 Apr 2020
UFB2+ Turua 2019 May 2020

The Government's original UFB programme didn't apply to Hauraki, but three communities were added under the second phase (UFB2). Then, last year, the programme was expanded again (UFB2+), to include the Turua community and advance the entire fibre installation schedule.

Mayor Tregidga, a long-time advocate for Ultra Fast fibre in Hauraki, compares it to roads in days gone by.

“This is essential infrastructure for modern day businesses and households, and to support economic development in the regions,” he said.

“I’m very pleased to see the schedule brought forward in these towns, and I’ll continue pushing for improvements in our rural communities as well. Digital agriculture is the way of the future and we need to support this too.”