Otaki chosen for internet upgrade — key move to promote business and learning
By Alan Tristram
Ōtaki is one of 151 towns around the country that will be given access to ultra-fast broadband (UFB) in the near future.
In the second phase of the Government’s rollout, installation of UFB for these towns will start this year and be completed between 2018 and 2024 with each build taking up to 12 months.
“We are delighted UFB is coming to Ōtaki,” says Council’s Group Manager Strategy & Planning, Sarah Stevenson.
“Faster internet connection will benefit our businesses and the community, as it will help grow our economy, improve outcomes in education and increase employment opportunities while supporting community collaboration.”
Otaki is also, of course, one of the most historic towns in New Zealand — and is set among wonderful natural surroundings, from the Tasman Sea and the Otaki River, to the Tararua ranges.
KCDC made strong case
With stiff competition for speedier internet access from other districts around the country, the Council made a compelling case to be part of the second stage of the UFB roll-out back in 2015.
“The hard work put into this bid thankfully paid off as having better connections regionally and nationally is critical for Ōtaki to thrive, being a rapidly growing area in our district,” says Ms Stevenson.
Once all installations in this phase are finished, up to 85% of New Zealanders will have access to UFB.