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Minister Launches Connected Lives

Minister Launches Connected Lives

Communications Minister David Cunliffe today launched an initiative that will test what 25 households throughout New Zealand can do with the latest broadband technology.

Connected Lives, delivered by Xtra and HP, will bring 25 New Zealand households together into a virtual community to look at how Xtra Broadband and the latest HP technology can enrich the lives of ordinary New Zealanders.

Each Connected Lives household is supplied with an Xtra Broadband connection, home wireless network and a combination of the latest HP technology worth up to $6,000 in total.

Mr Cunliffe said Connected Lives will offer a great opportunity for 25 New Zealand households spread throughout the country to experience the latest advances in IT, Internet and telecommunications.

Telecom’s head of Broadband and Xtra Chris Thompson said the programme should bring a lot of new insights into New Zealanders’ use of broadband – and be fun in the process.

“These households have been chosen because they are broadly representative of the New Zealand population. Research into their experiences will contribute to our understanding of how New Zealanders will be likely to interact with these technologies both now and in New Zealand’s fast-evolving digital future,” Mr Thompson said.

The four-month Connected Lives programme is an opportunity for participants to use the latest broadband technology and for the public to share in their stories and learn from their experiences.

“Connected lives will be a living, breathing demonstration of real Kiwis using broadband Internet and technology to enrich their lives,” Mr Thompson said.

“Connected Lives is one way that Xtra and HP are helping to develop New Zealander’s technology skills and confidence, which are key aims of the Government’s Digital Strategy.”

Director Imaging and Printing Group at HP Andrew Seerden said he has been delighted with the popularity of the Connected Lives programme.

“With HP technology anything is possible. It will be fascinating to observe how the 25 participants choose to use the technology to enhance their lives throughout the course of the programme."

For further information check out the Connected Lives website at

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