Government Updates

  Hon Simon Bridges Minister for Communications   11 April 2017       Media Statement         New national cyber security unit launched Communications Minister Simon Bridges today launched CERT NZ, a new cyber security unit that will help New Zealanders respond to online threats. CERT NZ was announced as part of Budget 2016, receiving $22.2 million of funding over four years. […]

    Hon Simon Bridges Minister for Communications   11 April 2017       Media Statement Telco property access bill passes third reading A bill that will streamline the process for installing Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) passed its third and final reading in Parliament today. Communications Minister Simon Bridges says the Telecommunications (Property Access and Other Matters) Amendment Bill will make it […]

Hon Simon Bridges Minister for Communications 21 March 2017       Media Statement UFB uptake up 13 per cent in the last quarter Communications Minister Simon Bridges says 31 per cent of New Zealanders with access to Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) are now connected, up 13 per cent in the last three months. The December 2016 Quarterly Broadband Update released today shows the […]

  Hon Simon Bridges Minister for Communications 26 January 2017       Media Statement Ultra-Fast Broadband extended to 151 towns Prime Minister Bill English and Communications Minister Simon Bridges today announced Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) will be extended to more than 151 additional towns, providing up to 85 per cent of New Zealanders with access to fibre by the end of 2024. […]

Waiheke Island now fully fibred

December 8th, 2016

Hon Amy Adams Minister for Communications   8 December 2016       Media Statement Waiheke Island now fully fibred The Ultra-Fast Broadband build on Auckland’s Waiheke Island is now complete, meaning more than 5600 local homes and businesses can now connect to faster and more reliable internet, says Communications Minister Amy Adams. On hand at Waiheke Island today, Ms Adams said […]

 Hon Amy Adams Minister for Communications   6 December 2016     Media Statement         Dispute resolution scheme to speed up install agreements Communications Minister Amy Adams is seeking applications from dispute resolution providers to help speed up agreements between property owners with joint access to install and maintain next generation telecommunications networks. A dispute resolution scheme is part of the […]

Hon Amy Adams Minister for Communications   22 November 2016       Media Statement Record UFB connections last quarter Communications Minister Amy Adams says the number of premises connected to Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) has now surpassed 300,000 New Zealanders. Ms Adams has today released the quarterly broadband update to September 2016, which highlights that nearly 50,000 connections were made last quarter. […]

Hon Amy Adams Minister for Communications   4 November 2016       Media Statement Week-long consultation on fibre to farms opens Communications Minister Amy Adams has today welcomed the Commerce Select Committee’s decision to seek public submissions on the benefits of rolling out fibre on rural electricity infrastructure, albeit on a shortened timeframe. The committee is consulting on the issue as […]

Hon Amy Adams Minister for Communications 27 October 2016       Media Statement Next phase of flagship rural connectivity rollout launched Improved broadband and mobile services for rural New Zealand will grow regional economies and boost tourism in key destinations, Communications Minister Amy Adams says. A Request for Proposals has been issued to extend the Rural Broadband Initiative (RBI) and provide […]

Free UFB connections continued

October 18th, 2016

Hon Amy Adams Minister for Communications   18 October 2016       Media Statement Free UFB connections continued Communications Minister Amy Adams confirmed today that the Government has delivered on its commitment to make connecting to the Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) network free for virtually every household. “I want as many New Zealand homes as possible to enjoy the benefits of the Government’s […]