18 Nov 2010

Consortium to bid for rural broadband

6:58 am on 18 November 2010

A consortium of wananga, iwi and Maori technology businesses will work with Opto Networks of Wellington to bid for the Government's $300 million programme to extend high speed broadband to rural communities.

The Torotoro Waea Partnership says Maori take the sort of intergenerational view that is necessary for such major infrastructure investments.

Spokesperson Antony Royal told Waatea News that it's vital that the braodband go not just to school hubs but to 1000 marae serving Maori communities.

He said that between them Torotoro Waea and Opto Networks have the technical capability to complete the rural broadband network across the country.