An iwi broadband company backed by Chinese investors celebrates a milestone on Wednesday.
It’s using a ko,a traditional digging tool, for a turf-turning ceremony at Puatahi Marae on the shores of Kaipara Harbour.
A Chinese broadband company is backing the $8 million venture by Ngati Whatua, Te Rarawa, and Te Runanga o Whaingaroa.
The iwi company aims to provide high speed broadband to remote communities throughout Tai Tokerau.
It’s partnered with Wellington telco Datalight and has already laid 4km of cable, from Wellsford to Maungaturoto, in the first stage of a 200km link from Auckland to Whangarei.