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Rural schools in places like Te Anau will
receive access to world class technology
thanks to the Government’s Rural
Rural schools will be among the first to
benefit from the Government’s Rural
Broadband Initiative after the successful
completion of contract negotiations with
Telecom and Vodafone to deliver the
It’s all part of the Government’s plan to
deliver vastly improved and affordable
broadband services for rural New Zealand,
with the availability of ultra-fast broadband
a key part of the Government’s economic
Schools are the top priority for the $285
million project and I think it’s great
that young people will benefit from this
The initiative will provide 100Mbps
broadband services to 95 percent of rural
schools, and a minimum 5Mbps broadband
service to 86 percent of rural households,
within six years.
700 rural schools around New Zealand
will connect directly to fibre networks and
48 are in line for digital microwave radio
This will be hugely beneficial to children in
rural schools. They will effectively be able
to use information technology in the same
way, and at the same speeds, as their
Information technology is becoming
increasingly important in our schools and
its use in the classroom is growing.
Many use electronic whiteboards as part of
their classroom teaching resources.
Teachers recognise technology as a useful
educational tool, with children responding
positively to it.
That’s why improved access and ultra-fast
broadband speeds are so important. It is
also why this project and its emphasis on
rural schools is crucial.
Ultra fast broadband is not a luxury, it has
become an essential and important tool
and rural communities need to have good
access to it.
Of course schools won’t be the only ones
to benefit from the Government’s rural
Eighty-six percent of rural houses and
businesses will also access broadband
peak speeds of at least 5Mbps – this
compares with 20 percent at present.
The arrival of ultra fast broadband will
improve the competitiveness of farms and
Larger amounts of data will be able to be
sent more efficiently both nationally and
It really will bring the world a lot closer and
it’s a major step towards future economic
growth for our country.
During this process it has been important
to ensure that the Government achieves
the best value for rural communities and
taxpayers, while having the confidence that
the providers selected can deploy a resilient
network that allows for competitive products
to be provided.
Telecom and Vodafone are expected to
begin the roll out of RBI infrastructure from
front row seat
It was pleasing to see Te Anau’s Anzac
Service so well attended yet again this
year. There was cause for disappointment
though. Passing traffic noise all but
obliterated the service proceedings at
times, especially the buses that made
their way past the Cenotaph in the far lane.
People from our group could not recall such
invasive traffic movement.
We realise that sound systems used at
outdoor venues are difficult to manage at
the best of times. But if both sides of the
road in the lower section of the Town Centre
were to be blocked off by the police for the
short duration of the service – in the best
interests of everyone – then a half-decent
chance at hearing the speakers might be
After the very stirring beginning to the
Te Anau Service with the all-inclusive
walk down the street, followed by quality
presentations, a closure of both sides
of the road in the lower half of the Town
Centre would help to ensure that our Anzac
services continue to be enjoyed in the
Te Anau Kepler Lions
Carrot and stick
So at last the council and Department
of Conservation have the teeth to collect
instant fines from freecampers abusing the
code by using
areas as an
open toilet. But
I gota ask, if
they refuse to
pay spot fines
New Zealand has a reputation as a being a
soft touch for abusers; they might just laugh
at the whole thing. That being said we are
now offering the stick to our visitors, maybe
we should match that with a bit of carrot.
I have been watching the local government
and DOC for improvements in visitor
experience since the 1970s and I see that
they have put all the burden of positive
tourism on private enterprise, volunteers
and the good nature of our population.
I think Kiwis should get a break. All the park
huts and campsites, for example, should be
discounted to New Zealand taxpayers.
And all tourism-based industry in resort
areas should get an off-season tax or
rates rebate as a form of encouragement,
otherwise we might get the feeling the stick
is meant for us too!
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When seven ladies celebrate the end of the
season in Fiordland by going on the Milford
Track, you have to expect some funny picture
So here is Marjolaine Cantus, at Mackinnon
Pass, in the “toilet with the best view in
Fiordland”, and of course, a copy of the
Marjolaine adds that former Advocate staffer
Linda Jane Keegan should get credit for the
idea of sending it in as a reader’s pic!
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