The Minister for Regional Economic Development has announced that more than 70 marae have now been connected to broadband internet as part of a connectivity scheme launched 12 months ago.
Minister Shane Jones said that Te Tii, the lower marae at Waitangi, was among the marae now connected.
“I’m filled with pride today that Te Tii Marae, an incredibly significant place, is one of more than 70 marae connected to fast-speed internet,” Mr Jones said.
“This Productivity Growth Fund (PGF) initiative is giving people free and fast access to digital services, along with technical support and equipment.”
He said that the PGF had made significant progress on the marae connectivity program in the year since it was launched.
“Whānau and communities around the country tell us this work is needed and valued,” Mr Jones said.
“Every week, more marae join up to get online, and we now have more than 200 registered to get connected.”
He said that marae were often the centre of small communities and that being digitally connected could not be overstated.
“In the case of Te Tii, the entire Paihia community is benefiting from the connection as the project has sped up the delivery of UFB fibre optic cable in the area,” he said.
“This is exactly what the PGF is about, giving whānau and hapū have the same access to digital services that people living in urban centres,” Mr Jones said.