We submitted an initial registration of interest for the
Government’s next round of broadband and mobile black spot
funding last Thursday.
The submission includes requests for broadband to be
extended in several areas in the district as well as
coverage for key tourism sites across the region where there
is no 3G mobile coverage from any provider.
“Gisborne has already had investment in the government’s
first roll out of Ultra-Fast fibre connection in the city
and Rural Broadband to townships and communities,” says
strategic policy manager David Wilson,
“But we know there are gaps in connectivity.”
Maps provided by broadband and mobile providers such as
Chorus and Vodafone identified areas where there was
“They have told us they are indicative only and accuracy
is not 100%.”
During the first rural roll out (RBI1) Chorus has laid fibre
connecting many schools and many of the remaining areas and
schools are serviced by wireless networks.
“There appears to be reasonable coverage in many rural
areas of Gisborne,” says Mr Wilson.
“But there are a small number of communities in valleys
and pockets who do not have broadband access so we’ve
prioritised those for extensions.
“We’re also asking for existing wireless networks to be
strengthened to get better speed and capacity.”
The government has allocated an additional $100m for Rural
Broadband extension (RBI2) funding and $210m for Ultra-Fast
Broadband (UFB2) extension.
“Makaraka was not included in the UFB1 allocation for
Gisborne so we are asking for this to be included this time
“There’s a strong business case for Makaraka in terms of
population density and projected growth, current internet
connectivity levels and mix of business and residential
As part of the extensions the government wants to know areas
where there is no mobile phone coverage from any provider
and where there may be road safety and tourism issues from
lack of coverage.
“We have identified the blackspot areas with information
from phone providers.
“Based on the criteria we’ve prioritised site such as
Motu Trails, Rere Falls and Rockslide, Matawai and Waioeka,
along state highway 35 and out to the East Cape
Central government’s extension of funding for the 3
programmes is aimed at achieving world leading internet
speeds provided to more of our population.
Applications from all over New Zealand will be assessed to
identify projects and call for proposals from companies who
can provide the broadband infrastructure.
“There’s also another stage that we have to complete
called a Digital Enablement Plan, due in September.
“We’ll draw on the strategy that was created for the
Gigatown competition outlining the key actions we can take
to improve digital literacy and maximise the business,
education, health, social and cultural benefits of
There will be opportunities for community to be engaged in
discussions over the next three months about future
broadband and mobile connectivity in our District.
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A community meeting will be held to workshop ideas and
create a plan to improve the condition of the Wainui Stream.
The workshop is on Saturday 4 July at the Wainui School Hall
from 2pm – 4pm. We invite all residents, landowners
adjoining the stream, environment groups and anyone who's
keen to be involved in planning and getting hands-on with
projects to restore the health of the stream.
“We want to get the conversation started on what the
problems are and what we can do to improve the health of the
water,” says shared services science manager Lois Easton.
Council staff will be presenting an update on the
preventable sewage discharge and subsequent abatement notice
in March and also discussing with participants other long
standing issues of the water quality.
The $50,000 penalty imposed on the engineering and works
department of Council and their contractor will be used
towards reparations of the stream and surrounding
“We’ll talk about what our options are for using the
funds towards restoring the ecology and want people to come
with ideas on what you would like to see implemented,”
says Ms Easton,
“We're keen for people to be actively involved in helping
us put plans into practice, which may involve things like
riparian planting projects, fencing or water testing.
“Planning and improvements to the stream will be ongoing
with the residents and community, and there’ll be more
opportunities to get involved in the coming months.”
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