5 Feb 2011

Arrival of broadband in north eaglerly awaited

6:11 am on 5 February 2011

Te Rarawa chair Haami Piripi says Tai Tokerau can't wait for the Government to bring broadband north.

Waatea News reports Te Rarawa, Te Runanga o Whaingaroa and Te Runanga o Ngati Whatua have teamed up with telecommunications investor Datalight to construct a high speed broadband network from Orewa north.

Mr Piripi says the iwi is investing half the projected $6 million cost because broadband is vital for the region's economic development and its people's health and education.

He says the Tai Tokerau Networks consortium is separate to Datalight's bid with other Maori interests for the government's rural broadband subsidy.