Haami Piripi was on TV today, with business reporter, Nadine Chalmers-Ross giving an update on the Iwi broadband project, where Iwi are helping develop new broadband cable pathways from Whangarei City to Auckland City in New Zealand.
It’s exciting to see Maori tribes get more innovative with IT capability, capacity and infrastructure. The venture is between Datalight, Maori tribes (Iwi) and Chinese backers, investment monies. Growing an economy is about good ideas finding other good ideas. The fusion when these ideas meet, is a brand new idea or a stronger idea. This then becomes a new platform for an economy to grow. Broadband and like minds fusing ‘idea particles’ are a key part of strong growth. Love this story.
[Copper cable as well as pipes could quite possibily be the future of economic growth in NZ].
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The press release of the historic launch notes: “Taitokerau Networks is owned by partners Te Runanga o Whaingaroa, Te Runanga o Ngati Whatua and Te Runanga o Te Rarawa, with Wellington telco Datalight Limited as the general partner.
It will go live with internet and national transit traffic over the upcoming week, prior to the official opening. Crews have laid more than 165 kms of cable and a significant number of access pits to enable connection for customers along the cable route.
Datalight managing director Roger MacDonald says the network will deliver 1 Gbps-plus speeds over 210 kilometres of network.
Haami Piripi, chair of Te Runanga o Te Rarawa, says: “The build marks a historical milestone for New Zealand with the creation of the first iwi-owned inter-city long-haul network in the country, and has provided a sound basis for the development (more…)
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This photo reminds me of all of the data storage servers we need to house in New Zealand in the future of our IT expansion and renewable energy fuelled capacity.
Thanks mate. :)
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Ngati Whatua, Te Rarawa and Ngati Kahu ki Whaingaroa are working together with a Chinese biz partner, to lay a fibre optic broadband copper cable from Tamaki Makaurau (Auckland) through the Kaipara, up to Whangarei.
The goal is to put back revenues into Northland (Te Tai Tokerau) and not deplete Northland of finances.
Datalight’s Roger MacDonald loves working with Maori at the top of New Zealand. The investment partner of these three crucial tribes, alongwith Datalight is China.
It’s a brand new world of opportunity growing business with people who can partner with Maori tribes.
I love this story! Rock on! Mauri ‘Ola entreprenurial people!
For more on innovative Kiwis and broadband development, click on pic to see an ANZUS combo, roll it out as well.
Te Karere Ipurangi website shares how a long term investment based on trusted relationship-build options, is what is sought between investors of the Northland broadband cable project. Read it all at the leap into New Zealand’s bright fibre optic future. (more…)