Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Minister applauds Project Probe rollout

Minister applauds Project Probe rollout

Expanded broadband coverage of rural areas would create great opportunities for small businesses, schools and pupils in rural communities, Acting Rural Affairs Minister Damien O'Connor said today.

Mr O'Connor told Parliament that the announcement last week by colleagues Jim Anderton and Trevor Mallard about the launch of high-speed internet access to the Waikato, Taranaki, and Kapiti/Horowhenua regions was extremely welcome.

He said it was the first step in bringing broadband coverage to many rural areas. Eight other regions will follow in the next few months: the West Coast; Otago; Manawatu; Bay of Plenty; the greater Auckland area; Canterbury; Nelson/Tasman/Marlborough; and Gisborne/Hawkes Bay.

That expanded broadband coverage would create some great opportunities, he said.

"Rural businesses and communities will have access to banking, business services and government agencies over the internet, as well as a wealth of information at their fingertips.

"For rural schools, it means pupils will have access to a wider range of subject choices. Some of the most isolated places in New Zealand will be able to receive teaching in specialist subjects and teachers will have access to digital resources and online professional development."

Mr O'Connor said the announcement continued this government's investment in rural people.

"Tens of million dollars of taxpayer money is being spent on this project, because high-speed internet access reduces isolation and breaks down barriers for rural businesses to access world markets. It improves educational outcomes and it improves access to health and social services."

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Dealing Crackdown, Addiction Support: Government Action On Synthetics

The NZ Drug Foundation has welcomed the Government’s response to synthetic drug deaths. The response strikes a balance between giving law enforcement the tools they need to target criminal networks and changing drug law to make it easier for people to access help when they need it. More>>


Strategy Committee Unanimous: Wellington To Forge Ahead With Convention Centre

The three-storey Cable Street building, with around 18,000-square metres of floor space, will comfortably be able to host 1500 people for conventions. It includes a 1651sq m exhibition area that will attract international exhibitions too big for nearby Te Papa and provide an always-changing visitor attraction. More>>


Surveying The Surveillance: First IGIS Review Of Warrants Under New Act

The report sets out the Inspector-General’s interpretation of the new warrant provisions under the ISA and her expectations of the GCSB and NZSIS when they prepare warrant applications. More>>

SSC: 2018 Public Service Workforce Data Published

State Services Commissioner Peter Hughes has published the 2018 Our People, Public Service Workforce Data , which shows the Public Service is making significant progress in important areas. More>>


Sinking Cap: Auctions, Permanent Forests, Added To ETS

The move to auctions, signalled in an August consultation paper, will help put a cap on the number of emission units available over time. Annual announcements, looking forward five years, will help provide certainty for scheme participants, she said. More>>


Joint Select Committee Report: Achieving Smokefree 2025

In a historic first for select committees, the Māori Affairs Committee and the Health Committee presented their joint report on achieving the Smokefree 2025 goal to the House on Tuesday, 11 December 2018. More>>

"Shared Interests And Democratic Values": Peters To Visit USA

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters will travel to Washington D.C. for talks with US Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and other senior members of the US Administration. More>>




InfoPages News Channels