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A Te Anau property developer has
made good on a promise to deliver
free wireless Internet access to
every home in its subdivision.
In what's believed to be a
national first, Mark and Heidi
Deaker, of Fiordland Lifestyle
Properties, have installed wi-fi
broadband throughout the entire
Alpine Terrace subdivision they
developed at the entrance to Te
Anau. There are 71 residential
sections in the subdivision, only
about 10 of which are still unsold.
So far around 30 homes have
already been built there.
The couple also plans to develop a
café and bar in the subdivision at
the corner of Sandy Brown Road
and State Highway 94, resource
consent for which was confirmed
last week when the appeal period
passed with no further objections
Mr Deaker said he had always
planned for the café to be a wi-fi
hotspot and when investigating
options he soon realised it
wouldn't take too much more
effort to open it to the subdivision
"Once you are on a broadband
plan you can increase your data
cap a lot without a lot more cost
so it all made sense," he said.
"I couldn't see any reason to
wait for the café so thanks to a
lot of technical support, mostly
from Robert Skilton, it is up and
Every household has been
allocated 1Gb a month free of
charge and each has been given
a unique log-in. Heavy Internet
users may opt to remain with
their existing provider, although
additional data can be purchased
online using a credit card.
One family thrilled with the
windfall is the Kings who
immigrated from Britain four
weeks ago and wasted no time
in signing up and using it to keep
in touch with friends and family
on the other side of the world.
Their home is in the farthest-most
corner of the subdivision yet has
no problem with signal strength.
Mr Deaker said it was a long-term
commitment to residents.
Meanwhile, design work would
now begin on the café although
he warned it wouldn't appear
"Apart from anything we want to
get it right and there are a lot of
eco and power saving options that
we want to incorporate into the
design. We know that things are
a little bit slow at the moment but
we do have a lot of confidence in
the future of the region," he said.
"I have lived in Te Anau all my life
and we are going to make sure
this is an asset for the town."
Residents brought online
New residents of Te Anau's Alpine Terrace subdivision Sarah King and three-
year-old son Ben are thrilled after being assigned 1Gb of free broadband
Internet access every month.
Efforts are under way to restart
the Te Anau Gun Club with interest
already strong in a Duckshooters'
Shoot planned for next month as a
fundraiser to kick things off.
A steering committee of about
15, including two members of
the former gun club, has been
established to organise the
Duckshooters' Shoot to be held
at 330 Lagoon Creek Road on
Spokesman Eric King said the club
went into recess about eight years
ago but the entity still existed
so it shouldn't take too much to
restart it. Among its assets are
five automatic traps, along with
another eight or 10 manual traps.
However, the former club also
used to have its own grounds
on land leased from Ngai Tahu.
When that land was sold the lease
lapsed and the club went into
recess not long after.
The Fiordland Firearms Club,
which has its own properly-
designated range in Lynwood
Road, has signalled a willingness
to merge but a new committee
would have to consider that,
including whether there
was enough space on site
to accommodate clay target
"That would be the best option,"
Mr King said.
In the meantime all energy is
going into the Duckshooters'
Shoot, a fun way for duck hunters
to get their eye in before the
season opening on May 7. Thanks
to some generous sponsorship
there were some very good prizes
on offer, all of which were spot
prizes meaning everyone had a
chance to win.
There will be 60 targets on a
simulated field. Entry is $35
with registrations taken between
9.30am and 11am. Ammunition
will be available to purchase at the
"I'm really hoping we get a good
people there," Mr King said.
The committee hoped that anyone
with an interest in shooting would
come along and give the steering
committee the encouragement
it needed to push ahead with
restarting the club. A formal
meeting would likely be held the
following week, he said.
Aiming for a restart
PITCHING IN: Chloe Thomson, Josh Wilson, Aaron Torrie, Harris Page and Scott
Paraku at Lochiel School's Big Tent Out on March 11. Students, parents and
teachers all camped out and principal Tim Page said it was a huge success
with families coming together, barbecuing, relaxing, kicking balls around,
playing cricket, watching a movie on a big screen and playing spotlight.
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