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


Curran catches Cunliffe’s trickery

Hon Amy Adams
Minister for Communications and Information Technology

11 March, 2014

Curran catches Cunliffe’s trickery

David Cunliffe’s trickery appears to be contagious, with Labour’s Clare Curran the latest to demonstrate an on-going, casual relationship with the facts, Communications and Information Technology Minister Amy Adams says.

Ms Curran today made a number of incorrect claims about the agreement by Crown Fibre Holdings and Chorus on the first tranche of amendments to the Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) contract between the two companies.

“Clare Curran’s press release is littered with mistakes. She either doesn’t understand the agreement between Crown Fibre Holdings and Chorus or she is trying to mislead New Zealanders.

“The changes announced today will make no difference to service levels and speeds experienced by New Zealanders on the UFB network.

“Contrary to Ms Curran’s claims, Chorus has not been given a new right to use existing infrastructure and will not get funded just for using its existing fibre.

“The only way Chorus will get funding from Crown Fibre Holdings will be if it installs a new UFB connection from its existing fibre to a business premise. It has to do this by 2019, or when a business requests a connection.

“In addition, despite her rhetoric, the position of other providers such as CityLink, Unison and Network Tasman are unchanged by today’s announcement.

“Chorus and the local fibre companies won their respective UFB tenders, and therefore are being co-funded to build UFB network. CityLink, Unison and Network Tasman did not win the tender, and are not involved in the UFB project. Again, nothing changed here since 2011.

“As I have stated many times, the Government’s priority in this issue is solely about ensuring New Zealanders get access to world leading telecommunication services and these changes are practical ways to ensure that goal is not put at risk. None of Clare Curran’s histrionics and half-truths can changes that.”


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines



Key In NY: Prime Minister Addresses United Nations

Prime Minister John Key has addressed the United Nations General Assembly in New York, focusing on a call for action in Syria and on other conflicts, reform of the veto process and on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. More>>.


Gordon Campbell: On The Lack Of Accountability Over Philip Smith

In New Zealand, accountability is an exotic creature rarely glimpsed at ministerial level, or among senior management. The flight to Rio by the paedophile /murderer Philip John Smith/Traynor is no exception. More>>


More On Corrections

Gordon Campbell: On Putin’s Diplomatic Coup Over Syria

There’s a simple historical precedent for what is occurring in Syria. During WWII, the Allies joined forces with a known butcher and tyrant – Joseph Stalin of the Soviet Union – in order to defeat a greater evil, Nazi Germany… More>>


Key 'Didn't Know': Brownlee Seeks Pandas In China

While Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee is in China pushing a taxpayer funded deal to bring two pandas to New Zealand, the country’s military look set to be hit with a pay freeze, Opposition Leader Andrew Little says. More>>


Scoop Business: GCSB Willing To Extend Cyber-Attack Programme To Local ISPs

The Government Communications Security Bureau’s ‘Cortex’ cyber-security programme has been successful in helping identify and mitigate a series of cyber attacks since its introduction and an extension to cover local internet service providers is still on the cards... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Chris Brown Furore

Thank goodness Dame Tariana Turia has been able to inject a bit of common sense into the Chris Brown visa issue – her argument being that forgiveness has a place in this decision, and there is an opportunity here that should be taken... More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news