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6 Days Review “Just doesn’t take off”

New Zealander, Toa Fraser is back. The director of films such as No.2, Dean Spanley, and the Te Reo Tekken of The Dead Lands, comes a new thriller based on the true events about gunmen taking hostage occupation of the Iranian Embassy in London in the 80’s.

The international siege took place over six days of intense political wrangling. The films multiple storylines take the point of view from Hostages and the terrorist Gunmen, preparing for what is an unprecedented situation, all set in the Thatcherism-era of England.

The film was a joint venture with NZ Film Commission and UK film funding, a collaboration, that pleasantly showcases NZ acting actors working alongside British talent. NZ actors seen playing alongside solid British actors like the well-known Mark Strong, and the impressive Jamie Bell.

The film explains with clarity, and plenty of title cards to uncover the events that took place during the six-day hostage period. It’s an event that would have been very dramatic and tense for all those involved, the film though sadly feels flat and without real thriller suspense tension.

Also, mainly due to ‘jumpy’ angles covered in the story, the film cuts down on the tension building, apprehension and anxiety of an unknown situation playing before us. It has a bad case of flicking around all over the place: The Journalist on the scene, chopping to SAS preparing for an invasion on the gunmen, to Governmental representatives having a chin wag in a closed off private room.

A sense of action was added into the storyline by SAS playing out invasion drills, which initially felt like the real event about to happen, but then of course it didn’t, and was only that, a drill in preparation. This happened a few times, cutting down on the effect of the final event, adding a height of false suspense that wasn’t ready to play out.

The film is great for explaining what took place over the six-day occupation, you get a real sense of the drama of the situation taking place, but it just doesn’t take off into the thrilling drama that it could’ve been.

A more personalised point of view would’ve helped the viewer feel more intensely involved in the situation, more so than many multiple viewpoints plonked in front of us.

$270m Ultra-Fast Broadband boost to speed up roll out and reach 190 more towns

The National Government have today pledged $270 million further investment in Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB). Communications Minister Simon Bridges says UFB completion to be come forward by 2-years and reach 190 more small towns with this investment.

The investment will also enable an extension of rural broadband (RBI) to another 74,000 homes and businesses, says.

“We’re also bringing the completion of the UFB network forward by two years. By the end of 2022, our UFB programme will provide more than four million New Zealanders with access to world-class internet,” Mr Bridges says.

The investment breaks down as follows:

• NZ$130 million to extend UFB to an additional 60,000 homes and businesses in 190 new towns and complete the UFB network build by 2022

• NZ$140 million to extend rural coverage of high speed broadband under the Rural Broadband Initiative (RBI) to another 74,000 rural households and businesses, and to deliver mobile coverage on 1000 kilometres of rural highways and more than 100 tourist areas through the Mobile Black Spot Fund (MBSF).

UFB utilises fibre optic cables to provide broadband to homes and businesses. It is usually considered most appropriate and cost effective in urban areas with higher dwelling and business densities – and hence why the initial target was to reach 75% of New Zealand’s population.

Mr Bridges says “We started UFB in 2010 with the original goal of connecting 34 towns to world-class fibre-to-the-premises. Earlier this year we expanded it to 200 more towns and today’s announcement will bring us to 390”.

Because UFB is not feasible for every rural community, the RBI provides faster internet to homes and businesses outside UFB areas through a combination of fixed lines upgrades and new fixed wireless coverage.

Over 300,000 rural homes and businesses already have access to improved broadband under the first phase of RBI which was completed in June 2016.

Today’s funding announcement is in addition to the $150 million the Government has already allocated for rural broadband and mobile coverage.

“We want to ensure that some of our biggest sectors that operate in rural New Zealand – such as agriculture and tourism – can benefit from the productivity improvements that better connectivity offers,” Mr Bridges says.

The Mobile Black Spot Fund will improve public safety and visitor experiences by providing greater mobile coverage on stretches of State Highway and in tourism locations where no coverage currently exists. Minister Simon Bridges highlighted “We are providing coverage along remote parts of the State Highway network that until now had no coverage at all. For example, State Highway 6 on the West Coast and State Highway 1 in the Far North. Better connectivity in these remote areas will enhance visitor experiences at some of the countries tourist hotspots, such as Milford Sound, Cape Reinga and Bethells Beach.”

Together, the Rural Broadband and Mobile Black Spot programmes will be delivered through the construction of more than 450 new towers, in addition to the 150 already built.

“Today’s announcement brings our total investment in rolling out world-leading communications infrastructure to more than $2 billion,” Mr Bridges says. “Once complete, New Zealand will be in the top five countries in the OECD for access to high speed broadband. By 2022, 87 per cent of New Zealanders will have access to UFB and 99 per cent will have access to high speed internet.”

The $270 million programme announced today will be funded by $240 million of recycled capital from earlier stages of the UFB programme and $30 million from the Telecommunications Development Levy. Simon Bridges concluded saying “This investment is a vital part of the Government’s plan to support regional growth and develop a productive and competitive economy.”


Further Information

Ultra-Fast Broadband expansion and completion

Under the latest extension of the Government’s Ultra-Fast Broadband programme, worldclass broadband will be rolled out to an additional 190 towns and 46 fringe areas across New Zealand.

This will provide approximately 60,000 more New Zealand households and businesses with access to faster, more reliable internet.

The entire UFB build in New Zealand will be complete by the end of 2022.
The Government’s total allocated investment in New Zealand’s broadband connectivity is over $2 billion.

Rural Broadband Initiative phase two

Under the second round of the Government’s Rural Broadband Initiative, more than 70,000 additional rural households and businesses will receive new rural broadband coverage.
Exact coverage areas are to be determined. Crown Fibre Holdings will be working with partners to carry out more detailed planning over the coming months.

Mobile Black Spot Fund – State Highways & Tourism Areas

Mobile coverage will be extended to around 1,000 kilometres of state highways and more than 100 tourist areas across New Zealand.
Note: the information above is indicative only and subject to change. Crown Fibre Holdings will be working with partners to carry out more detailed planning over the coming months.

Northland

Ultra-Fast Broadband expansion

Under the latest extension of the Government’s Ultra-Fast Broadband programme, worldclass broadband will be rolled out to an additional 19 towns and 2 fringe areas in Northland.

This will provide approximately 5,500 more Northland households and businesses with access to faster, more reliable internet.

New towns & fringe areas:

  • Awanui
  • Baylys Beach
  • Dargaville Fringe
  • Hihi
  • Langs Beach/Waipu Cove
  • Matapouri
  • Maungakaramea
  • Maungatapere
  • Ngunguru
  • Ohaeawai
  • Opononi
  • Opua/Okiato
  • Portland
  • Pukenui
  • Rangitana
  • Rawene
  • Taipa
  • Te Kopuru
  • Tokerau Beach/Whatuwhiwhi
  • Waipapa
  • Waipu South

Chorus UFB2 fringe

The entire UFB build in Northland will be complete by the end of 2022, providing more than 47,000 Northland households and businesses with faster internet.

The Government’s total investment in Northland UFB connectivity is $71.2 million.

Rural Broadband Initiative phase two

Under the second round of the Government’s Rural Broadband Initiative, a further 7,441 households and businesses in Northland will receive new rural broadband coverage.
Exact coverage areas are to be determined. Crown Fibre Holdings will be working with partners to carry out more detailed planning over the coming months.

Mobile Black Spot Fund – State Highways

Three state highways in Northland will receive new mobile coverage. Approximately 96kms will be covered across State Highway 1, 12 and 15.
Mobile Black Spot Fund – Tourism Areas

The Northland region will receive new mobile coverage for 13 tourism areas.

  • Cape Reinga
  • Glinks Gully
  • Kaeo
  • Maunganui Bluff
  • Ninety Mile Beach
  • Omamari
  • Spirits Bay
  • Takahue
  • Tane Mahuta – Waipoua Forest
  • Urupukapuka Island
  • Utakura: Twin Coast Cycle Trail
  • Wairere Boulders
  • Waitiki Landing

Note: the information above is indicative only and subject to change. Crown Fibre Holdings will be working with partners to carry out more detailed planning over the coming months.

Auckland

Ultra-Fast Broadband expansion

Under the latest extension of the Government’s Ultra-Fast Broadband programme, worldclass broadband will be rolled out to an additional 13 towns and 2 fringe areas in the Auckland region.

This will provide approximately 4,000 more Auckland households and businesses with access to faster, more reliable internet.

New towns & fringe areas:  Bombay/Paparata Rd  Clevedon  Dairy Flat/Goodland  Flat Bush  Huia  Kaukapakapa  Kawakawa Bay  Leigh  Mahurangi  Mahurangi West/Waiwera  Okura  Point Wells  Puhoi  Sedgebrook/Patumahoe  Waiatarua/Spragg Bush/Parkinsons lookout  Chorus UFB2 fringe

The entire UFB build in Auckland will be complete by the end of 2022, providing more than 469,000 Auckland households and businesses with faster internet.

The Government’s total investment in Auckland UFB connectivity is $455.3 million.

Rural Broadband Initiative phase two
Under the second round of the Government’s Rural Broadband Initiative, a further 5,223 households and businesses in Auckland will receive new rural broadband coverage.
Exact coverage areas are to be determined. Crown Fibre Holdings will be working with partners to carry out more detailed planning over the coming months.
Mobile Black Spot Fund – State Highways
One state highway in Auckland will receive new mobile coverage. Approximately 10kms will be covered across State Highway 16.
Mobile Black Spot Fund – Tourism Areas
One tourism area in Auckland – Bethells Beach – will receive new mobile coverage.
Note: the information above is indicative only and subject to change. Crown Fibre Holdings will be working with partners to carry out more detailed planning over the coming months.

Waikato

Ultra-Fast Broadband expansion

Under the latest extension of the Government’s Ultra-Fast Broadband programme, worldclass broadband will be rolled out to an additional 23 towns and 11 fringe areas in Waikato.

This will provide approximately 12,500 Waikato households and businesses with access to faster, more reliable internet.

New towns & fringe areas:

Acacia Bay  Benneydale  Cambridge North  Ferry Landing/Cooks Beach  Hahei  Hautapu  Karapiro  Kihikihi  Kinloch  Kuaotunu  Kuratau/Pukawa  Mamaku  Mangakino  Matarangi  Matatoki  Meremere  Mokau  Parkdale  Pokeno  Port Waikato  Rotokauri  Tamahere/Matangi/Tauwhare Pa  Tapu  Tauwhare  Te Kowhai  Temple View  Tirau  Turua  Waharoa  Waihou  Waiomu  Wairakei Village/Wairakei  Waitoa  Whangapoua  Chorus UFB2 fringe

The entire UFB build in Waikato will be complete by the end of 2022, providing more than 156,000 Waikato households and businesses with faster internet.

The Government’s total investment in Waikato UFB connectivity is $199.3 million.

Rural Broadband Initiative phase two
Under the second round of the Government’s Rural Broadband Initiative, a further 9,281 households and businesses in Waikato will receive new rural broadband coverage.
Exact coverage areas are to be determined. Crown Fibre Holdings will be working with partners to carry out more detailed planning over the coming months.
Mobile Black Spot Fund – State Highways
Nine state highways in Waikato will receive new mobile coverage. Approximately 50kms will be covered across State Highways 1, 3, 4, 25, 30, 31, 32, 38 and 41.
Mobile Black Spot Fund – Tourism Areas
The Waikato region will receive new mobile coverage for 10 tourism areas:  Aotea  Coromandel Coastal Walkway  Entrances/exits to Pureora Forest  Glen Murray  Marokopa  Mokau  Nikau Cave  Port Charles  Waingaro  Waitawheta Track

Note: the information above is indicative only and subject to change. Crown Fibre Holdings will be working with partners to carry out more detailed planning over the coming months.

Bay of Plenty

Ultra-Fast Broadband expansion

Under the latest extension of the Government’s Ultra-Fast Broadband programme, worldclass broadband will be rolled out to an additional 7 towns and 3 fringe areas in Bay of Plenty.

This will provide approximately 2,700 Bay of Plenty households and businesses with access to faster, more reliable internet.

New towns & fringe areas:

  • Aongetete
  • Kukumoa/Waiotahi Beach
  • Lake Okareka/Okareka
  • Maketu/Pukehina Beach
  • Matapihi
  • Okere Falls
  • Omokoroa
  • Rotoiti Forest
  • Te Puna (Minden)
  • Te Teko

Chorus UFB2 fringe

The entire UFB build in Bay of Plenty will be complete by the end of 2022, providing more than 102,000 Bay of Plenty households and businesses with faster internet.

The Government’s total investment in Bay of Plenty UFB connectivity is $110.7 million.

Rural Broadband Initiative phase two

Under the second round of the Government’s Rural Broadband Initiative, a further 5,041 households and businesses in Bay of Plenty will receive new rural broadband coverage.
Exact coverage areas are to be determined. Crown Fibre Holdings will be working with partners to carry out more detailed planning over the coming months.
Mobile Black Spot Fund – State Highways
Three state highways in Bay of Plenty will receive new mobile coverage. Approximately 42kms will be covered across State Highways 2, 35 and 38.
Mobile Black Spot Fund – Tourism Areas
The Bay of Plenty region will receive new mobile coverage for 9 tourism areas.  Adrenalin Forest Bay of Plenty  Kaingaroa Forest  Lake Tarawera  Maraehako Retreat/Maraehako Bay  Te Kaha  Te Wairoa (Buried Village)  TECT Park (Adrenalin Forest)

 Waitangi (Rotorua)  Whanarua Bay

Note: the information above is indicative only and subject to change. Crown Fibre Holdings will be working with partners to carry out more detailed planning over the coming months.

Gisborne

Ultra-Fast Broadband expansion

Under the latest extension of the Government’s Ultra-Fast Broadband programme, worldclass broadband will be rolled out to an additional 2 towns in the Gisborne region.

This will provide approximately 200 more Gisborne households and businesses with access to faster, more reliable internet.

New towns & fringe areas:  Manutuke  Te Karaka  Chorus UFB2 fringe

The entire UFB build in Gisborne will be complete by the end of 2022, providing more than 15,000 Gisborne households and businesses with faster internet.

The Government’s total investment in Gisborne and Hawke’s Bay UFB connectivity is $74.9 million.

Rural Broadband Initiative phase two
Under the second round of the Government’s Rural Broadband Initiative, a further 1,982 households and businesses in Gisborne will receive new rural broadband coverage.
Exact coverage areas are to be determined. Crown Fibre Holdings will be working with partners to carry out more detailed planning over the coming months.
Mobile Black Spot Fund – State Highways
Two state highways in Gisborne will receive new mobile coverage. Approximately 86kms will be covered across State Highways 2 and 35.
Note: the information above is indicative only and subject to change. Crown Fibre Holdings will be working with partners to carry out more detailed planning over the coming months.

Taranaki

Ultra-Fast Broadband expansion

Under the latest extension of the Government’s Ultra-Fast Broadband programme, worldclass broadband will be rolled out to an additional 4 towns and 2 fringe areas in Taranaki.

This will provide approximately 1,000 more Taranaki households and businesses with access to faster, more reliable internet.

New towns & fringe areas:  Brixton  Kaponga  Lepperton  Midhirst  The Mercade  Waverley  Chorus UFB2 fringe

The entire UFB build in Taranaki will be complete by the end of 2022, providing more than 40,000 Taranaki households and businesses with faster internet.

The Government’s total investment in Taranaki UFB connectivity is $33.6 million.

Rural Broadband Initiative phase two
Under the second round of the Government’s Rural Broadband Initiative, a further 2,053 households and businesses in Taranaki will receive new rural broadband coverage.
Exact coverage areas are to be determined. Crown Fibre Holdings will be working with partners to carry out more detailed planning over the coming months.
Mobile Black Spot Fund – State Highways
Two state highways in Taranaki will receive new mobile coverage. Approximately 62kms will be covered across State Highways 3 and 43.
Mobile Black Spot Fund – Tourism Areas
The Taranaki region will receive new mobile coverage for 2 tourism areas:  Strathmore  Tongaporutu

Note: the information above is indicative only and subject to change. Crown Fibre Holdings will be working with partners to carry out more detailed planning over the coming months.

Hawke’s Bay

Ultra-Fast Broadband expansion
Under the latest extension of the Government’s Ultra-Fast Broadband programme, worldclass broadband will be rolled out to an additional 6 towns and 1 fringe area in the Hawke’s Bay.

This will provide approximately 1,500 more Hawke’s Bay households and businesses with access to faster, more reliable internet.

New towns & fringe areas:  Bay View/Bay View North  Frasertown  Ongaonga  Takapau  Te Awanga  Waimarama  Whirinaki  Chorus UFB2 fringe

The entire UFB build in Hawke’s Bay will be complete by the end of 2022, providing more than 57,000 Hawke’s Bay households and businesses with faster internet.

The Government’s total investment in Hawke’s Bay and Gisborne UFB connectivity is $74.9 million.

Rural Broadband Initiative phase two
Under the second round of the Government’s Rural Broadband Initiative, a further 4,089 households and businesses in Hawke’s Bay will receive new rural broadband coverage.
Exact coverage areas are to be determined. Crown Fibre Holdings will be working with partners to carry out more detailed planning over the coming months.
Mobile Black Spot Fund – State Highways
Four state highways in Hawke’s Bay will receive new mobile coverage. Approximately 95kms will be covered across State Highway 2, 5, 38 and 50.
Mobile Black Spot Fund – Tourism Areas
The Hawke’s Bay region will receive new mobile coverage for 5 tourism areas.  Blackhead  Kairakau Beach  Tutira  Waihua  Waipatiki Beach
Note: the information above is indicative only and subject to change. Crown Fibre Holdings will be working with partners to carry out more detailed planning over the coming months.

Manawatu-Wanganui

Ultra-Fast Broadband expansion

Under the latest extension of the Government’s Ultra-Fast Broadband programme, worldclass broadband will be rolled out to an additional 18 towns in Manawatu-Wanganui.

This will provide approximately 5,000 more Manawatu-Wanganui households and businesses with access to faster, more reliable internet.

New towns & fringe areas:  Bunnythorpe  Eketahuna  Himatangi Beach  Hokio Beach  Hunterville  Kimbolton  Manakau  Mangaweka  National Park  Ohau  Owhango  Ratana/Whangaehu  Rongotea  Sanson  Tokomaru  Waikawa Beach  Waiouru  Waitarere/Waitarere Beach  Chorus UFB2 fringe

The entire UFB build in Manawatu-Wanganui will be complete by the end of 2022, providing more than 91,000 Manawatu-Wanganui households and businesses with faster internet.

The Government’s total investment in Manawatu-Wanganui UFB connectivity is $104.4 million.

Rural Broadband Initiative phase two
Under the second round of the Government’s Rural Broadband Initiative, a further 10,300 households and businesses in Manawatu-Wanganui will receive new rural broadband coverage.
Exact coverage areas are to be determined. Crown Fibre Holdings will be working with partners to carry out more detailed planning over the coming months.
Mobile Black Spot Fund – State Highways
Four state highways in Manawatu-Wanganui will receive new mobile coverage. Approximately 67kms will be covered across State Highway 4, 30, 41 and 43.
Mobile Black Spot Fund – Tourism Areas

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The Manawatu-Wanganui region will receive new mobile coverage for 4 tourism areas.  Entrances/exits to The Timber Trail  Owhango  Pongaroa  Raurimu

Note: the information above is indicative only and subject to change. Crown Fibre Holdings will be working with partners to carry out more detailed planning over the coming months.

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Wellington

Ultra-Fast Broadband expansion
Under the latest extension of the Government’s Ultra-Fast Broadband programme, worldclass broadband will be rolled out to an additional 3 towns in the Wellington region.

This will provide approximately 800 more Wellington households and businesses with access to faster, more reliable internet.

New towns & fringe areas:  Otaihanga/Nikau Valley  Peka Peka  Te Horo/Te Horo Beach  Chorus UFB2 fringe

The entire UFB build in Wellington will be complete by the end of 2022, providing more than 192,000 Wellington households and businesses with faster internet.

The Government’s total investment in Wellington UFB connectivity is $188.2 million.

Rural Broadband Initiative phase two
Under the second round of the Government’s Rural Broadband Initiative, a further 3,742 households and businesses in Wellington will receive new rural broadband coverage.
Exact coverage areas are to be determined. Crown Fibre Holdings will be working with partners to carry out more detailed planning over the coming months.
Mobile Black Spot Fund – Tourism Areas
The Wellington region will receive new mobile coverage for 2 tourism areas.  Cape Palliser  Makara
Note: the information above is indicative only and subject to change. Crown Fibre Holdings will be working with partners to carry out more detailed planning over the coming months.

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Nelson & Marlborough

Ultra-Fast Broadband expansion
Under the latest extension of the Government’s Ultra-Fast Broadband programme, worldclass broadband will be rolled out to an additional 3 towns and 1 fringe area in Nelson & Marlborough.

This will provide approximately 700 more Nelson & Marlborough households and businesses with access to faster, more reliable internet.

New towns & fringe areas:  Blenheim Fringe/Old Renwick  Fairhall  Seddon  Spring Creek  Chorus UFB2 fringe (Marlborough region)  Chorus UFB2 fringe (Nelson region)

The entire UFB build in Nelson & Marlborough will be complete by the end of 2022, providing more than 46,000 Nelson & Marlborough households and businesses with faster internet.

The Government’s total investment in Nelson & Marlborough UFB connectivity is $45.5 million.

Rural Broadband Initiative phase two
Under the second round of the Government’s Rural Broadband Initiative, a further 1,822 households and businesses in Nelson & Marlborough will receive new rural broadband coverage.
Exact coverage areas are to be determined. Crown Fibre Holdings will be working with partners to carry out more detailed planning over the coming months.
Mobile Black Spot Fund – State Highways
Two state highways in Nelson & Marlborough will receive new mobile coverage. Approximately 69kms will be covered across State Highway 63 and 6.
Mobile Black Spot Fund – Tourism Areas
The Nelson & Marlborough region will receive new mobile coverage for 3 tourism areas.  Cable Bay  Kenepuru Head  Okiwi Bay
Note: the information above is indicative only and subject to change. Crown Fibre Holdings will be working with partners to carry out more detailed planning over the coming months.

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Tasman

Ultra-Fast Broadband expansion
Under the latest extension of the Government’s Ultra-Fast Broadband programme, worldclass broadband will be rolled out to an additional 7 towns and 1 fringe area in Tasman.

This will provide approximately 1,800 more Tasman households and businesses with access to faster, more reliable internet.

New towns & fringe areas:  Clifton/Tata Beach/Pohara  Gibbstown/Collingwood  Hope  Marahau  Riwaka  St Arnaud  Tapawera  Tasman  Chorus UFB2 fringe

The entire UFB build in Tasman will be complete by the end of 2022, providing more than 8,000 Tasman households and businesses with faster internet.

The Government’s total investment in Tasman and West Coast UFB connectivity is $31.9 million.

Rural Broadband Initiative phase two
Under the second round of the Government’s Rural Broadband Initiative, a further 1,798 households and businesses in Tasman will receive new rural broadband coverage.
Exact coverage areas are to be determined. Crown Fibre Holdings will be working with partners to carry out more detailed planning over the coming months.
Mobile Black Spot Fund – State Highways
Three state highways in Tasman will receive new mobile coverage. Approximately 52kms will be covered across State Highway 6, 63 and 65.
Mobile Black Spot Fund – Tourism Areas
The Tasman region will receive new mobile coverage for 7 tourism areas.  Blue Lake/ Lake Rotoroa  Cape Farewell  Entrances/exits to Heaphy Track  Lake Rotoroa  Maruia Falls  Totaranui Beach and campsite  Wharariki Beach Note: the information above is indicative only and subject to change. Crown Fibre Holdings will be working with partners to carry out more detailed planning over the coming months.

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West Coast

Ultra-Fast Broadband expansion
Under the latest extension of the Government’s Ultra-Fast Broadband programme, worldclass broadband will be rolled out to an additional 16 towns and 1 fringe area in the West Coast.

This will provide approximately 2,500 more West Coast households and businesses with access to faster, more reliable internet.

New towns & fringe areas:  Ahaura  Blackball  Carters Beach  Dobson  Fox Glacier  Franz Josef/Waiau  Granity  Hari Hari  Kaniere  Karamea  Kumara  Moana  Punakaiki  Ross  Taylorville  Waimangaroa  Whataroa  Chorus UFB2 fringe

The entire UFB build in the West Coast will be complete by the end of 2022, providing more than 12,000 West Coast households and businesses with faster internet.

The Government’s total investment in West Coast and Tasman UFB connectivity is $31.9 million.

Rural Broadband Initiative phase two
Under the second round of the Government’s Rural Broadband Initiative, a further 2,089 households and businesses in the West Coast will receive new rural broadband coverage.
Exact coverage areas are to be determined. Crown Fibre Holdings will be working with partners to carry out more detailed planning over the coming months.
Mobile Black Spot Fund – State Highways
Four state highways in the West Coast will receive new mobile coverage. Approximately 154kms will be covered across State Highway 6, 7, 65 and 69.
Mobile Black Spot Fund – Tourism Areas
The West Coast region will receive new mobile coverage for 14 tourism areas.

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 Bruce Bay  Buller Gorge  Charleston GlowWorm Cave  Haast  Jackson Bay  Jacobs River  Lake Kaniere  Lake Mahinapua  Lake Paringa  Lake Wahapo  Okarito Lagoon  Okuru  Pukekura  Rapahoe
Note: the information above is indicative only and subject to change. Crown Fibre Holdings will be working with partners to carry out more detailed planning over the coming months.

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Canterbury

Ultra-Fast Broadband expansion
Under the latest extension of the Government’s Ultra-Fast Broadband programme, worldclass broadband will be rolled out to an additional 34 towns and 5 fringe areas in Canterbury.

This will provide approximately 7,500 more Canterbury households and businesses with access to faster, more reliable internet.

New towns & fringe areas:  Arthurs Pass  Belfast (Clearwater)  Castle Hill  Coalgate/Glentunnel  Cust  Doyleston  Dunsandel  Duntroon  Duvauchelle  Fairlie  Fairton/Ashburton Airport area and Ashburton Northpark  Glenavy  Hanmer Springs  Hawarden  Hornby Quadrant  Hororata  Kirwee  Kurow  Leithfield  Leithfield Beach  Little River  Mandeville  Mt Somers  Omarama  Otematata  Pareora  Prebbleton 1  Prebbleton 2  Rotherham  South Kaikoura  Tai Tapu  Takamatua  Tuahiwi  Waddington/Sheffield  Waiau  Waikari  Waipara  West Eyreton  Winchester

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 Chorus UFB2 fringe

The entire UFB build in Canterbury will be complete by the end of 2022, providing more than 229,000 Canterbury households and businesses with faster internet.

The Government’s total investment in Canterbury UFB connectivity is $233.3 million.

Rural Broadband Initiative phase two
Under the second round of the Government’s Rural Broadband Initiative, a further 9,727 households and businesses in Canterbury (and the Chatham Islands) will receive new rural broadband coverage.
Exact coverage areas are to be determined. Crown Fibre Holdings will be working with partners to carry out more detailed planning over the coming months.
Mobile Black Spot Fund – State Highways
Seven state highways in Canterbury will receive new mobile coverage. Approximately 100kms will be covered across State Highway 1, 7, 8, 73, 75, 79 and 80.
Mobile Black Spot Fund – Tourism Areas
The Canterbury region will receive new mobile coverage for 17 tourism areas.  Albury  Bealey  Birdlings Flat  Entrances/exits to St James Trail  Gore Bay  Lake Clearwater  Lake Heron  Le Bons Bay  Lewis Pass  Limestone Valley  Little River  Mangamaunu  Mount Potts  Mount Sunday  Okains Bay  Tasman Glacier walks  Taylors Mistake

Note: the information above is indicative only and subject to change. Crown Fibre Holdings will be working with partners to carry out more detailed planning over the coming months.

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Otago

Ultra-Fast Broadband expansion
Under the latest extension of the Government’s Ultra-Fast Broadband programme, worldclass broadband will be rolled out to an additional 22 towns in Otago.

This will provide approximately 7,000 more Otago households and businesses with access to faster, more reliable internet.

New towns & fringe areas:  Allanton  Bannockburn  Clinton  Cromwell/Pisa Moorings  Hampden  Kaitangata  Karitane  Kingston  Lawrence  Luggate  Maheno  Michies Crossing/Waitati  Moeraki  Naseby  Omakau  Owaka  Palmerston  Ranfurly  Stirling  Tapanui  Taranui/Kakanui  Warrington  Chorus UFB2 fringe

The entire UFB build in Otago will be complete by the end of 2022, providing more than 85,000 Otago households and businesses with faster internet.

The Government’s total investment in Otago and Southland UFB connectivity is $152.4 million.

Rural Broadband Initiative phase two
Under the second round of the Government’s Rural Broadband Initiative, a further 4,418 households and businesses in Otago will receive new rural broadband coverage.
Exact coverage areas are to be determined. Crown Fibre Holdings will be working with partners to carry out more detailed planning over the coming months.

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Mobile Black Spot Fund – State Highways
Five state highways in Otago will receive new mobile coverage. Approximately 120kms will be covered across State Highway 6, 8, 85, 87 and 90.
Mobile Black Spot Fund – Tourism Areas
The Otago region will receive new mobile coverage for 10 tourism areas.  Beaumont. Clutha Gold Trail  Blue Pool – Haast Pass Road  Entrances/exits to Greenstone Track  Lindis Valley  Makarora (Mount Aspiring National Park)  Moa Creek  Mou Waho Island, Lake Wanaka  Taieri Mouth  Trotters Gorge  Waitaki Lakes area

Note: the information above is indicative only and subject to change. Crown Fibre Holdings will be working with partners to carry out more detailed planning over the coming months.

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Southland

Ultra-Fast Broadband expansion
Under the latest extension of the Government’s Ultra-Fast Broadband programme, worldclass broadband will be rolled out to an additional 13 towns and 1 fringe area in Southland.

This will provide approximately 4,500 more Southland households and businesses with access to faster, more reliable internet.

New towns & fringe areas:  Blackmount/Manapouri  Edendale  Lumsden  Mill Road  Mossburn  Nightcaps  Ohai  Otautau  Riversdale  Tokanui  Tuatapere  Waikaia  Wallacetown  Wyndham  Chorus UFB2 fringe

The entire UFB build in Southland will be complete by the end of 2022, providing more than 42,000 Southland households and businesses with faster internet.

The Government’s total investment in Southland and Otago UFB connectivity is $152.4 million.

Rural Broadband Initiative phase two
Under the second round of the Government’s Rural Broadband Initiative, a further 5,287 households and businesses in Southland will receive new rural broadband coverage.
Exact coverage areas are to be determined. Crown Fibre Holdings will be working with partners to carry out more detailed planning over the coming months.
Mobile Black Spot Fund – State Highways
Two state highways in Southland will receive new mobile coverage. Approximately 37kms will be covered across State Highway 6 and 94.
Mobile Black Spot Fund – Tourism Areas
The Southland region will receive new mobile coverage for 11 tourism areas.  Around the Homer Tunnel  Curio Bay  Dipton

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 Entrances/exits to Milford Track  Entrances/exits to Routeburn Track  Knobs Flat  Milford Sound  Mirror Lake  Niagara (Catlins) Southern Scenic Route  Porpoise Bay  Te Anau Downs

Note: the information above is indicative only and subject to change. Crown Fibre Holdings will be working with partners to carry out more detailed planning over the coming months.

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$270m Ultra-Fast Broadband boost to speed up roll out and reach 190 more towns

The National Government have today pledged $270 million further investment in Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB). Communications Minister Simon Bridges says UFB completion to be come forward by 2-years and reach 190 more small towns with this investment.

The investment will also enable an extension of rural broadband (RBI) to another 74,000 homes and businesses, says.

“We’re also bringing the completion of the UFB network forward by two years. By the end of 2022, our UFB programme will provide more than four million New Zealanders with access to world-class internet,” Mr Bridges says.

The investment breaks down as follows:

• NZ$130 million to extend UFB to an additional 60,000 homes and businesses in 190 new towns and complete the UFB network build by 2022

• NZ$140 million to extend rural coverage of high speed broadband under the Rural Broadband Initiative (RBI) to another 74,000 rural households and businesses, and to deliver mobile coverage on 1000 kilometres of rural highways and more than 100 tourist areas through the Mobile Black Spot Fund (MBSF).

UFB utilises fibre optic cables to provide broadband to homes and businesses. It is usually considered most appropriate and cost effective in urban areas with higher dwelling and business densities – and hence why the initial target was to reach 75% of New Zealand’s population.

Mr Bridges says “We started UFB in 2010 with the original goal of connecting 34 towns to world-class fibre-to-the-premises. Earlier this year we expanded it to 200 more towns and today’s announcement will bring us to 390”.

Because UFB is not feasible for every rural community, the RBI provides faster internet to homes and businesses outside UFB areas through a combination of fixed lines upgrades and new fixed wireless coverage.

Over 300,000 rural homes and businesses already have access to improved broadband under the first phase of RBI which was completed in June 2016.

Today’s funding announcement is in addition to the $150 million the Government has already allocated for rural broadband and mobile coverage.

“We want to ensure that some of our biggest sectors that operate in rural New Zealand – such as agriculture and tourism – can benefit from the productivity improvements that better connectivity offers,” Mr Bridges says.

The Mobile Black Spot Fund will improve public safety and visitor experiences by providing greater mobile coverage on stretches of State Highway and in tourism locations where no coverage currently exists. Minister Simon Bridges highlighted “We are providing coverage along remote parts of the State Highway network that until now had no coverage at all. For example, State Highway 6 on the West Coast and State Highway 1 in the Far North. Better connectivity in these remote areas will enhance visitor experiences at some of the countries tourist hotspots, such as Milford Sound, Cape Reinga and Bethells Beach.”

Together, the Rural Broadband and Mobile Black Spot programmes will be delivered through the construction of more than 450 new towers, in addition to the 150 already built.

“Today’s announcement brings our total investment in rolling out world-leading communications infrastructure to more than $2 billion,” Mr Bridges says. “Once complete, New Zealand will be in the top five countries in the OECD for access to high speed broadband. By 2022, 87 per cent of New Zealanders will have access to UFB and 99 per cent will have access to high speed internet.”

The $270 million programme announced today will be funded by $240 million of recycled capital from earlier stages of the UFB programme and $30 million from the Telecommunications Development Levy. Simon Bridges concluded saying “This investment is a vital part of the Government’s plan to support regional growth and develop a productive and competitive economy.”


Further Information

Ultra-Fast Broadband expansion and completion

Under the latest extension of the Government’s Ultra-Fast Broadband programme, worldclass broadband will be rolled out to an additional 190 towns and 46 fringe areas across New Zealand.

This will provide approximately 60,000 more New Zealand households and businesses with access to faster, more reliable internet.

The entire UFB build in New Zealand will be complete by the end of 2022.
The Government’s total allocated investment in New Zealand’s broadband connectivity is over $2 billion.

Rural Broadband Initiative phase two

Under the second round of the Government’s Rural Broadband Initiative, more than 70,000 additional rural households and businesses will receive new rural broadband coverage.
Exact coverage areas are to be determined. Crown Fibre Holdings will be working with partners to carry out more detailed planning over the coming months.

Mobile Black Spot Fund – State Highways & Tourism Areas

Mobile coverage will be extended to around 1,000 kilometres of state highways and more than 100 tourist areas across New Zealand.
Note: the information above is indicative only and subject to change. Crown Fibre Holdings will be working with partners to carry out more detailed planning over the coming months.

Northland

Ultra-Fast Broadband expansion

Under the latest extension of the Government’s Ultra-Fast Broadband programme, worldclass broadband will be rolled out to an additional 19 towns and 2 fringe areas in Northland.

This will provide approximately 5,500 more Northland households and businesses with access to faster, more reliable internet.

New towns & fringe areas:

  • Awanui
  • Baylys Beach
  • Dargaville Fringe
  • Hihi
  • Langs Beach/Waipu Cove
  • Matapouri
  • Maungakaramea
  • Maungatapere
  • Ngunguru
  • Ohaeawai
  • Opononi
  • Opua/Okiato
  • Portland
  • Pukenui
  • Rangitana
  • Rawene
  • Taipa
  • Te Kopuru
  • Tokerau Beach/Whatuwhiwhi
  • Waipapa
  • Waipu South

Chorus UFB2 fringe

The entire UFB build in Northland will be complete by the end of 2022, providing more than 47,000 Northland households and businesses with faster internet.

The Government’s total investment in Northland UFB connectivity is $71.2 million.

Rural Broadband Initiative phase two

Under the second round of the Government’s Rural Broadband Initiative, a further 7,441 households and businesses in Northland will receive new rural broadband coverage.
Exact coverage areas are to be determined. Crown Fibre Holdings will be working with partners to carry out more detailed planning over the coming months.

Mobile Black Spot Fund – State Highways

Three state highways in Northland will receive new mobile coverage. Approximately 96kms will be covered across State Highway 1, 12 and 15.
Mobile Black Spot Fund – Tourism Areas

The Northland region will receive new mobile coverage for 13 tourism areas.

  • Cape Reinga
  • Glinks Gully
  • Kaeo
  • Maunganui Bluff
  • Ninety Mile Beach
  • Omamari
  • Spirits Bay
  • Takahue
  • Tane Mahuta – Waipoua Forest
  • Urupukapuka Island
  • Utakura: Twin Coast Cycle Trail
  • Wairere Boulders
  • Waitiki Landing

Note: the information above is indicative only and subject to change. Crown Fibre Holdings will be working with partners to carry out more detailed planning over the coming months.

Auckland

Ultra-Fast Broadband expansion

Under the latest extension of the Government’s Ultra-Fast Broadband programme, worldclass broadband will be rolled out to an additional 13 towns and 2 fringe areas in the Auckland region.

This will provide approximately 4,000 more Auckland households and businesses with access to faster, more reliable internet.

New towns & fringe areas:  Bombay/Paparata Rd  Clevedon  Dairy Flat/Goodland  Flat Bush  Huia  Kaukapakapa  Kawakawa Bay  Leigh  Mahurangi  Mahurangi West/Waiwera  Okura  Point Wells  Puhoi  Sedgebrook/Patumahoe  Waiatarua/Spragg Bush/Parkinsons lookout  Chorus UFB2 fringe

The entire UFB build in Auckland will be complete by the end of 2022, providing more than 469,000 Auckland households and businesses with faster internet.

The Government’s total investment in Auckland UFB connectivity is $455.3 million.

Rural Broadband Initiative phase two
Under the second round of the Government’s Rural Broadband Initiative, a further 5,223 households and businesses in Auckland will receive new rural broadband coverage.
Exact coverage areas are to be determined. Crown Fibre Holdings will be working with partners to carry out more detailed planning over the coming months.
Mobile Black Spot Fund – State Highways
One state highway in Auckland will receive new mobile coverage. Approximately 10kms will be covered across State Highway 16.
Mobile Black Spot Fund – Tourism Areas
One tourism area in Auckland – Bethells Beach – will receive new mobile coverage.
Note: the information above is indicative only and subject to change. Crown Fibre Holdings will be working with partners to carry out more detailed planning over the coming months.

Waikato

Ultra-Fast Broadband expansion

Under the latest extension of the Government’s Ultra-Fast Broadband programme, worldclass broadband will be rolled out to an additional 23 towns and 11 fringe areas in Waikato.

This will provide approximately 12,500 Waikato households and businesses with access to faster, more reliable internet.

New towns & fringe areas:

Acacia Bay  Benneydale  Cambridge North  Ferry Landing/Cooks Beach  Hahei  Hautapu  Karapiro  Kihikihi  Kinloch  Kuaotunu  Kuratau/Pukawa  Mamaku  Mangakino  Matarangi  Matatoki  Meremere  Mokau  Parkdale  Pokeno  Port Waikato  Rotokauri  Tamahere/Matangi/Tauwhare Pa  Tapu  Tauwhare  Te Kowhai  Temple View  Tirau  Turua  Waharoa  Waihou  Waiomu  Wairakei Village/Wairakei  Waitoa  Whangapoua  Chorus UFB2 fringe

The entire UFB build in Waikato will be complete by the end of 2022, providing more than 156,000 Waikato households and businesses with faster internet.

The Government’s total investment in Waikato UFB connectivity is $199.3 million.

Rural Broadband Initiative phase two
Under the second round of the Government’s Rural Broadband Initiative, a further 9,281 households and businesses in Waikato will receive new rural broadband coverage.
Exact coverage areas are to be determined. Crown Fibre Holdings will be working with partners to carry out more detailed planning over the coming months.
Mobile Black Spot Fund – State Highways
Nine state highways in Waikato will receive new mobile coverage. Approximately 50kms will be covered across State Highways 1, 3, 4, 25, 30, 31, 32, 38 and 41.
Mobile Black Spot Fund – Tourism Areas
The Waikato region will receive new mobile coverage for 10 tourism areas:  Aotea  Coromandel Coastal Walkway  Entrances/exits to Pureora Forest  Glen Murray  Marokopa  Mokau  Nikau Cave  Port Charles  Waingaro  Waitawheta Track

Note: the information above is indicative only and subject to change. Crown Fibre Holdings will be working with partners to carry out more detailed planning over the coming months.

Bay of Plenty

Ultra-Fast Broadband expansion

Under the latest extension of the Government’s Ultra-Fast Broadband programme, worldclass broadband will be rolled out to an additional 7 towns and 3 fringe areas in Bay of Plenty.

This will provide approximately 2,700 Bay of Plenty households and businesses with access to faster, more reliable internet.

New towns & fringe areas:

  • Aongetete
  • Kukumoa/Waiotahi Beach
  • Lake Okareka/Okareka
  • Maketu/Pukehina Beach
  • Matapihi
  • Okere Falls
  • Omokoroa
  • Rotoiti Forest
  • Te Puna (Minden)
  • Te Teko

Chorus UFB2 fringe

The entire UFB build in Bay of Plenty will be complete by the end of 2022, providing more than 102,000 Bay of Plenty households and businesses with faster internet.

The Government’s total investment in Bay of Plenty UFB connectivity is $110.7 million.

Rural Broadband Initiative phase two

Under the second round of the Government’s Rural Broadband Initiative, a further 5,041 households and businesses in Bay of Plenty will receive new rural broadband coverage.
Exact coverage areas are to be determined. Crown Fibre Holdings will be working with partners to carry out more detailed planning over the coming months.
Mobile Black Spot Fund – State Highways
Three state highways in Bay of Plenty will receive new mobile coverage. Approximately 42kms will be covered across State Highways 2, 35 and 38.
Mobile Black Spot Fund – Tourism Areas
The Bay of Plenty region will receive new mobile coverage for 9 tourism areas.  Adrenalin Forest Bay of Plenty  Kaingaroa Forest  Lake Tarawera  Maraehako Retreat/Maraehako Bay  Te Kaha  Te Wairoa (Buried Village)  TECT Park (Adrenalin Forest)

 Waitangi (Rotorua)  Whanarua Bay

Note: the information above is indicative only and subject to change. Crown Fibre Holdings will be working with partners to carry out more detailed planning over the coming months.

Gisborne

Ultra-Fast Broadband expansion

Under the latest extension of the Government’s Ultra-Fast Broadband programme, worldclass broadband will be rolled out to an additional 2 towns in the Gisborne region.

This will provide approximately 200 more Gisborne households and businesses with access to faster, more reliable internet.

New towns & fringe areas:  Manutuke  Te Karaka  Chorus UFB2 fringe

The entire UFB build in Gisborne will be complete by the end of 2022, providing more than 15,000 Gisborne households and businesses with faster internet.

The Government’s total investment in Gisborne and Hawke’s Bay UFB connectivity is $74.9 million.

Rural Broadband Initiative phase two
Under the second round of the Government’s Rural Broadband Initiative, a further 1,982 households and businesses in Gisborne will receive new rural broadband coverage.
Exact coverage areas are to be determined. Crown Fibre Holdings will be working with partners to carry out more detailed planning over the coming months.
Mobile Black Spot Fund – State Highways
Two state highways in Gisborne will receive new mobile coverage. Approximately 86kms will be covered across State Highways 2 and 35.
Note: the information above is indicative only and subject to change. Crown Fibre Holdings will be working with partners to carry out more detailed planning over the coming months.

Taranaki

Ultra-Fast Broadband expansion

Under the latest extension of the Government’s Ultra-Fast Broadband programme, worldclass broadband will be rolled out to an additional 4 towns and 2 fringe areas in Taranaki.

This will provide approximately 1,000 more Taranaki households and businesses with access to faster, more reliable internet.

New towns & fringe areas:  Brixton  Kaponga  Lepperton  Midhirst  The Mercade  Waverley  Chorus UFB2 fringe

The entire UFB build in Taranaki will be complete by the end of 2022, providing more than 40,000 Taranaki households and businesses with faster internet.

The Government’s total investment in Taranaki UFB connectivity is $33.6 million.

Rural Broadband Initiative phase two
Under the second round of the Government’s Rural Broadband Initiative, a further 2,053 households and businesses in Taranaki will receive new rural broadband coverage.
Exact coverage areas are to be determined. Crown Fibre Holdings will be working with partners to carry out more detailed planning over the coming months.
Mobile Black Spot Fund – State Highways
Two state highways in Taranaki will receive new mobile coverage. Approximately 62kms will be covered across State Highways 3 and 43.
Mobile Black Spot Fund – Tourism Areas
The Taranaki region will receive new mobile coverage for 2 tourism areas:  Strathmore  Tongaporutu

Note: the information above is indicative only and subject to change. Crown Fibre Holdings will be working with partners to carry out more detailed planning over the coming months.

Hawke’s Bay

Ultra-Fast Broadband expansion
Under the latest extension of the Government’s Ultra-Fast Broadband programme, worldclass broadband will be rolled out to an additional 6 towns and 1 fringe area in the Hawke’s Bay.

This will provide approximately 1,500 more Hawke’s Bay households and businesses with access to faster, more reliable internet.

New towns & fringe areas:  Bay View/Bay View North  Frasertown  Ongaonga  Takapau  Te Awanga  Waimarama  Whirinaki  Chorus UFB2 fringe

The entire UFB build in Hawke’s Bay will be complete by the end of 2022, providing more than 57,000 Hawke’s Bay households and businesses with faster internet.

The Government’s total investment in Hawke’s Bay and Gisborne UFB connectivity is $74.9 million.

Rural Broadband Initiative phase two
Under the second round of the Government’s Rural Broadband Initiative, a further 4,089 households and businesses in Hawke’s Bay will receive new rural broadband coverage.
Exact coverage areas are to be determined. Crown Fibre Holdings will be working with partners to carry out more detailed planning over the coming months.
Mobile Black Spot Fund – State Highways
Four state highways in Hawke’s Bay will receive new mobile coverage. Approximately 95kms will be covered across State Highway 2, 5, 38 and 50.
Mobile Black Spot Fund – Tourism Areas
The Hawke’s Bay region will receive new mobile coverage for 5 tourism areas.  Blackhead  Kairakau Beach  Tutira  Waihua  Waipatiki Beach
Note: the information above is indicative only and subject to change. Crown Fibre Holdings will be working with partners to carry out more detailed planning over the coming months.

Manawatu-Wanganui

Ultra-Fast Broadband expansion

Under the latest extension of the Government’s Ultra-Fast Broadband programme, worldclass broadband will be rolled out to an additional 18 towns in Manawatu-Wanganui.

This will provide approximately 5,000 more Manawatu-Wanganui households and businesses with access to faster, more reliable internet.

New towns & fringe areas:  Bunnythorpe  Eketahuna  Himatangi Beach  Hokio Beach  Hunterville  Kimbolton  Manakau  Mangaweka  National Park  Ohau  Owhango  Ratana/Whangaehu  Rongotea  Sanson  Tokomaru  Waikawa Beach  Waiouru  Waitarere/Waitarere Beach  Chorus UFB2 fringe

The entire UFB build in Manawatu-Wanganui will be complete by the end of 2022, providing more than 91,000 Manawatu-Wanganui households and businesses with faster internet.

The Government’s total investment in Manawatu-Wanganui UFB connectivity is $104.4 million.

Rural Broadband Initiative phase two
Under the second round of the Government’s Rural Broadband Initiative, a further 10,300 households and businesses in Manawatu-Wanganui will receive new rural broadband coverage.
Exact coverage areas are to be determined. Crown Fibre Holdings will be working with partners to carry out more detailed planning over the coming months.
Mobile Black Spot Fund – State Highways
Four state highways in Manawatu-Wanganui will receive new mobile coverage. Approximately 67kms will be covered across State Highway 4, 30, 41 and 43.
Mobile Black Spot Fund – Tourism Areas

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The Manawatu-Wanganui region will receive new mobile coverage for 4 tourism areas.  Entrances/exits to The Timber Trail  Owhango  Pongaroa  Raurimu

Note: the information above is indicative only and subject to change. Crown Fibre Holdings will be working with partners to carry out more detailed planning over the coming months.

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Wellington

Ultra-Fast Broadband expansion
Under the latest extension of the Government’s Ultra-Fast Broadband programme, worldclass broadband will be rolled out to an additional 3 towns in the Wellington region.

This will provide approximately 800 more Wellington households and businesses with access to faster, more reliable internet.

New towns & fringe areas:  Otaihanga/Nikau Valley  Peka Peka  Te Horo/Te Horo Beach  Chorus UFB2 fringe

The entire UFB build in Wellington will be complete by the end of 2022, providing more than 192,000 Wellington households and businesses with faster internet.

The Government’s total investment in Wellington UFB connectivity is $188.2 million.

Rural Broadband Initiative phase two
Under the second round of the Government’s Rural Broadband Initiative, a further 3,742 households and businesses in Wellington will receive new rural broadband coverage.
Exact coverage areas are to be determined. Crown Fibre Holdings will be working with partners to carry out more detailed planning over the coming months.
Mobile Black Spot Fund – Tourism Areas
The Wellington region will receive new mobile coverage for 2 tourism areas.  Cape Palliser  Makara
Note: the information above is indicative only and subject to change. Crown Fibre Holdings will be working with partners to carry out more detailed planning over the coming months.

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Nelson & Marlborough

Ultra-Fast Broadband expansion
Under the latest extension of the Government’s Ultra-Fast Broadband programme, worldclass broadband will be rolled out to an additional 3 towns and 1 fringe area in Nelson & Marlborough.

This will provide approximately 700 more Nelson & Marlborough households and businesses with access to faster, more reliable internet.

New towns & fringe areas:  Blenheim Fringe/Old Renwick  Fairhall  Seddon  Spring Creek  Chorus UFB2 fringe (Marlborough region)  Chorus UFB2 fringe (Nelson region)

The entire UFB build in Nelson & Marlborough will be complete by the end of 2022, providing more than 46,000 Nelson & Marlborough households and businesses with faster internet.

The Government’s total investment in Nelson & Marlborough UFB connectivity is $45.5 million.

Rural Broadband Initiative phase two
Under the second round of the Government’s Rural Broadband Initiative, a further 1,822 households and businesses in Nelson & Marlborough will receive new rural broadband coverage.
Exact coverage areas are to be determined. Crown Fibre Holdings will be working with partners to carry out more detailed planning over the coming months.
Mobile Black Spot Fund – State Highways
Two state highways in Nelson & Marlborough will receive new mobile coverage. Approximately 69kms will be covered across State Highway 63 and 6.
Mobile Black Spot Fund – Tourism Areas
The Nelson & Marlborough region will receive new mobile coverage for 3 tourism areas.  Cable Bay  Kenepuru Head  Okiwi Bay
Note: the information above is indicative only and subject to change. Crown Fibre Holdings will be working with partners to carry out more detailed planning over the coming months.

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Tasman

Ultra-Fast Broadband expansion
Under the latest extension of the Government’s Ultra-Fast Broadband programme, worldclass broadband will be rolled out to an additional 7 towns and 1 fringe area in Tasman.

This will provide approximately 1,800 more Tasman households and businesses with access to faster, more reliable internet.

New towns & fringe areas:  Clifton/Tata Beach/Pohara  Gibbstown/Collingwood  Hope  Marahau  Riwaka  St Arnaud  Tapawera  Tasman  Chorus UFB2 fringe

The entire UFB build in Tasman will be complete by the end of 2022, providing more than 8,000 Tasman households and businesses with faster internet.

The Government’s total investment in Tasman and West Coast UFB connectivity is $31.9 million.

Rural Broadband Initiative phase two
Under the second round of the Government’s Rural Broadband Initiative, a further 1,798 households and businesses in Tasman will receive new rural broadband coverage.
Exact coverage areas are to be determined. Crown Fibre Holdings will be working with partners to carry out more detailed planning over the coming months.
Mobile Black Spot Fund – State Highways
Three state highways in Tasman will receive new mobile coverage. Approximately 52kms will be covered across State Highway 6, 63 and 65.
Mobile Black Spot Fund – Tourism Areas
The Tasman region will receive new mobile coverage for 7 tourism areas.  Blue Lake/ Lake Rotoroa  Cape Farewell  Entrances/exits to Heaphy Track  Lake Rotoroa  Maruia Falls  Totaranui Beach and campsite  Wharariki Beach Note: the information above is indicative only and subject to change. Crown Fibre Holdings will be working with partners to carry out more detailed planning over the coming months.

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West Coast

Ultra-Fast Broadband expansion
Under the latest extension of the Government’s Ultra-Fast Broadband programme, worldclass broadband will be rolled out to an additional 16 towns and 1 fringe area in the West Coast.

This will provide approximately 2,500 more West Coast households and businesses with access to faster, more reliable internet.

New towns & fringe areas:  Ahaura  Blackball  Carters Beach  Dobson  Fox Glacier  Franz Josef/Waiau  Granity  Hari Hari  Kaniere  Karamea  Kumara  Moana  Punakaiki  Ross  Taylorville  Waimangaroa  Whataroa  Chorus UFB2 fringe

The entire UFB build in the West Coast will be complete by the end of 2022, providing more than 12,000 West Coast households and businesses with faster internet.

The Government’s total investment in West Coast and Tasman UFB connectivity is $31.9 million.

Rural Broadband Initiative phase two
Under the second round of the Government’s Rural Broadband Initiative, a further 2,089 households and businesses in the West Coast will receive new rural broadband coverage.
Exact coverage areas are to be determined. Crown Fibre Holdings will be working with partners to carry out more detailed planning over the coming months.
Mobile Black Spot Fund – State Highways
Four state highways in the West Coast will receive new mobile coverage. Approximately 154kms will be covered across State Highway 6, 7, 65 and 69.
Mobile Black Spot Fund – Tourism Areas
The West Coast region will receive new mobile coverage for 14 tourism areas.

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 Bruce Bay  Buller Gorge  Charleston GlowWorm Cave  Haast  Jackson Bay  Jacobs River  Lake Kaniere  Lake Mahinapua  Lake Paringa  Lake Wahapo  Okarito Lagoon  Okuru  Pukekura  Rapahoe
Note: the information above is indicative only and subject to change. Crown Fibre Holdings will be working with partners to carry out more detailed planning over the coming months.

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Canterbury

Ultra-Fast Broadband expansion
Under the latest extension of the Government’s Ultra-Fast Broadband programme, worldclass broadband will be rolled out to an additional 34 towns and 5 fringe areas in Canterbury.

This will provide approximately 7,500 more Canterbury households and businesses with access to faster, more reliable internet.

New towns & fringe areas:  Arthurs Pass  Belfast (Clearwater)  Castle Hill  Coalgate/Glentunnel  Cust  Doyleston  Dunsandel  Duntroon  Duvauchelle  Fairlie  Fairton/Ashburton Airport area and Ashburton Northpark  Glenavy  Hanmer Springs  Hawarden  Hornby Quadrant  Hororata  Kirwee  Kurow  Leithfield  Leithfield Beach  Little River  Mandeville  Mt Somers  Omarama  Otematata  Pareora  Prebbleton 1  Prebbleton 2  Rotherham  South Kaikoura  Tai Tapu  Takamatua  Tuahiwi  Waddington/Sheffield  Waiau  Waikari  Waipara  West Eyreton  Winchester

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 Chorus UFB2 fringe

The entire UFB build in Canterbury will be complete by the end of 2022, providing more than 229,000 Canterbury households and businesses with faster internet.

The Government’s total investment in Canterbury UFB connectivity is $233.3 million.

Rural Broadband Initiative phase two
Under the second round of the Government’s Rural Broadband Initiative, a further 9,727 households and businesses in Canterbury (and the Chatham Islands) will receive new rural broadband coverage.
Exact coverage areas are to be determined. Crown Fibre Holdings will be working with partners to carry out more detailed planning over the coming months.
Mobile Black Spot Fund – State Highways
Seven state highways in Canterbury will receive new mobile coverage. Approximately 100kms will be covered across State Highway 1, 7, 8, 73, 75, 79 and 80.
Mobile Black Spot Fund – Tourism Areas
The Canterbury region will receive new mobile coverage for 17 tourism areas.  Albury  Bealey  Birdlings Flat  Entrances/exits to St James Trail  Gore Bay  Lake Clearwater  Lake Heron  Le Bons Bay  Lewis Pass  Limestone Valley  Little River  Mangamaunu  Mount Potts  Mount Sunday  Okains Bay  Tasman Glacier walks  Taylors Mistake

Note: the information above is indicative only and subject to change. Crown Fibre Holdings will be working with partners to carry out more detailed planning over the coming months.

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Otago

Ultra-Fast Broadband expansion
Under the latest extension of the Government’s Ultra-Fast Broadband programme, worldclass broadband will be rolled out to an additional 22 towns in Otago.

This will provide approximately 7,000 more Otago households and businesses with access to faster, more reliable internet.

New towns & fringe areas:  Allanton  Bannockburn  Clinton  Cromwell/Pisa Moorings  Hampden  Kaitangata  Karitane  Kingston  Lawrence  Luggate  Maheno  Michies Crossing/Waitati  Moeraki  Naseby  Omakau  Owaka  Palmerston  Ranfurly  Stirling  Tapanui  Taranui/Kakanui  Warrington  Chorus UFB2 fringe

The entire UFB build in Otago will be complete by the end of 2022, providing more than 85,000 Otago households and businesses with faster internet.

The Government’s total investment in Otago and Southland UFB connectivity is $152.4 million.

Rural Broadband Initiative phase two
Under the second round of the Government’s Rural Broadband Initiative, a further 4,418 households and businesses in Otago will receive new rural broadband coverage.
Exact coverage areas are to be determined. Crown Fibre Holdings will be working with partners to carry out more detailed planning over the coming months.

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Mobile Black Spot Fund – State Highways
Five state highways in Otago will receive new mobile coverage. Approximately 120kms will be covered across State Highway 6, 8, 85, 87 and 90.
Mobile Black Spot Fund – Tourism Areas
The Otago region will receive new mobile coverage for 10 tourism areas.  Beaumont. Clutha Gold Trail  Blue Pool – Haast Pass Road  Entrances/exits to Greenstone Track  Lindis Valley  Makarora (Mount Aspiring National Park)  Moa Creek  Mou Waho Island, Lake Wanaka  Taieri Mouth  Trotters Gorge  Waitaki Lakes area

Note: the information above is indicative only and subject to change. Crown Fibre Holdings will be working with partners to carry out more detailed planning over the coming months.

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Southland

Ultra-Fast Broadband expansion
Under the latest extension of the Government’s Ultra-Fast Broadband programme, worldclass broadband will be rolled out to an additional 13 towns and 1 fringe area in Southland.

This will provide approximately 4,500 more Southland households and businesses with access to faster, more reliable internet.

New towns & fringe areas:  Blackmount/Manapouri  Edendale  Lumsden  Mill Road  Mossburn  Nightcaps  Ohai  Otautau  Riversdale  Tokanui  Tuatapere  Waikaia  Wallacetown  Wyndham  Chorus UFB2 fringe

The entire UFB build in Southland will be complete by the end of 2022, providing more than 42,000 Southland households and businesses with faster internet.

The Government’s total investment in Southland and Otago UFB connectivity is $152.4 million.

Rural Broadband Initiative phase two
Under the second round of the Government’s Rural Broadband Initiative, a further 5,287 households and businesses in Southland will receive new rural broadband coverage.
Exact coverage areas are to be determined. Crown Fibre Holdings will be working with partners to carry out more detailed planning over the coming months.
Mobile Black Spot Fund – State Highways
Two state highways in Southland will receive new mobile coverage. Approximately 37kms will be covered across State Highway 6 and 94.
Mobile Black Spot Fund – Tourism Areas
The Southland region will receive new mobile coverage for 11 tourism areas.  Around the Homer Tunnel  Curio Bay  Dipton

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 Entrances/exits to Milford Track  Entrances/exits to Routeburn Track  Knobs Flat  Milford Sound  Mirror Lake  Niagara (Catlins) Southern Scenic Route  Porpoise Bay  Te Anau Downs

Note: the information above is indicative only and subject to change. Crown Fibre Holdings will be working with partners to carry out more detailed planning over the coming months.

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Best Comedy Show On Earth “Lovegrove On Fire”

Comedian Brendhan Lovegrove is either hit or miss for me. Most times he finds his target, but tonight he was on fire. His knack for comebacks, adlib one liners & foreign accents was just the tonic as he compered the stable of NZ’s finest comedic talent.

With a strange sponsorship partner in Best Foods Mayo (ya know the mayonnaise peeps) nobody left the venue empty handed without a tub of this ‘nectar from the gods’. I couldn’t tell if that was as strange as the ten-year-old in the audience, I wondered if he could have been a plant? I mean, it did have an R16 rating.

Well, if he was it was an elaborate piece of staging, even Lovegrove was surprised spotting the youngster early on, this encouraged a shitload of jibs from the performers all night – he did get a gift basket for his troubles while those sitting close to him never owned up to being his parents.

My pick for the night were the ladies: Melanie Bracewell’s dorky take on online dating was the tonic. Her timing accented by her impending height made way for Tinder & ‘short men’ jokes.

The other act I adored were Fan Brigade, a vulgar musical duo act had me in stitches. Anyone who gets away calling Ed Sheeran a “f**king loser” can’t be that bad. I enjoyed James Mustapic, another I hadn’t seen before, his take on life as a young gay man was refreshingly funny.

With a plethora of jokes the comedic talent changed as the who’s who including long time festival fave Brendan Green and relative newcomers Frickin Dangerous Bro & Eli Matthewson.

I definitely preferred the first half acts, It wouldve been nice to have the same amount of acts to balance it out, but it definitely was a great chance to see some of the funniest acts at this year’s International Comedy.

For more info on playing dates in your region see https://www.eventfinda.co.nz/tour/2017/best-comedy-show-on-earth-tour

Comedian Brendhan Lovegrove is either hit or miss for me. Most times he finds his target, but tonight he was on fire. His knack for comebacks, adlib one liners & foreign accents was just the tonic as he compered the stable of NZ’s finest comedic talent.

With a strange sponsorship partner in Best Foods Mayo (ya know the mayonnaise peeps) nobody left the venue empty handed without a tub of this ‘nectar from the gods’. I couldn’t tell if that was as strange as the ten-year-old in the audience, as I wondered if he could have been a plant? I mean, it did have an R16 rating.

Well, if he was it was an elaborate piece of staging, even Lovegrove was surprised spotting the youngster early on, this encouraged a shitload of jibs from the performers all night – he did get a gift basket for his troubles while those sitting close to him never owned up to being his parents.

My pick for the night were the ladies: Melanie Bracewell’s dorky take on online dating was the tonic. Her timing accented by her impending height made way for Tinder & ‘short men’ jokes.

The other act I adored were Fan Brigade, a vulgar musical duo act had me in stitches. Anyone who gets away calling Ed Sheeran a “f**king loser” can’t be that bad. I enjoyed James Mustapic, another I hadn’t seen before, his take on life as a young gay man was refreshingly funny.

With a plethora of jokes the comedic talent changed as the who’s who including long time festival fave Brendan Green and relative newcomers Frickin Dangerous Bro & Eli Matthewson.

I definitely preferred the first half acts, It wouldve been nice to have the same amount of acts to balance it out, but it definitely was a great chance to see some of the funniest acts at this year’s International Comedy.

For more info on playing dates in your region see https://www.eventfinda.co.nz/tour/2017/best-comedy-show-on-earth-tour

Samsung Note 8 hands on, LazyAz, Shark vs Drone, Fitbit smartwatch, GPS dog collar – NZ Tech Podcast 353

This week, an Initial Samsung Note 8 hands on, LazyAs – the back story and what it is, 2degrees leads price drop, Fitbit Ionic Smartwatch, AI Drones vs sharks, Link AKC – GPS dog collar, Oppo R11 launches at NZ$769, Uber CEO change afoot.

Hosted by Paul Spain (@paulspain) and this week’s guests: Nate Dunn and Aryaman Taore.

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Northlane – Review Kings Arms Auckland “Stellar Job”

Words Wal Reid

Unlike their Aussie counterparts The Wallabies, Sydney band Northlane smashed it, finishing off the job they came to do. And do it they did.

Their undoubtable hardened metal sound with brutal riffing, coupled with Marcus Bridge’s melodic power vocals have shaped the band into one of the genre’s unequivocal gems.

Along with compadres In Hearts Wake, another top-notch Aussie band, the crowd was packed to the brim, with lines running out the door up the street, it was sight to behold, the likes never seen before at the old historical pub.

Just one listen of Citizen or Leech will convince the most avid metal fan of this talented band’s longevity. As they strutted onstage they lunged into Paragon & Colourwave off their latest album Mesmer, singer Marcus Bridge every bit the frenzied frontman as he screamed & hissed at the audience.

As the heat engulfed the mosh pit, I took my signal exiting side of stage as the band unrelentlessly piled upon the crowd, Rot, Savage and Dream Awake, with guitarists Alex Milovic, Jon Deiley (the masked one) and Josh Smith deftly in sync, heads swayed in time with Nic Peterson’s beats, while their guitars screeching in unison.

As Bridge motioned to the crowd to stick up their hands if “they were here the last time they played.”, the crowd were drenched in sweat resembling a hot yoga session, however they weren’t kept waiting very long, as the instrumental intro lull of Solar gave a quick respite from the heat.

The band ending the set off with an incredible version of Quantum Flux and Obelisk. It was literally ‘breath-taking’ stuff.
It’s no secret The Kings Arms is closing next year, however keeping the doors closed was perhaps the dumbest move ever, well, at least those stage diving were having a good time, oh yeah, and the Mexican wave was a nice touch. Another first at The Kings Arms perhaps?

Bridges & Co did a stellar job. It was a show full of gusto and conviction, their performance hinting they were glad to be in Auckland, especially after their Wellington gig the day before. You couldn’t find a better bunch of guys or a better crowd to play to– nice one Northlane, look forward to the next one.