May 11, 2021

Maori News & Indigenous Views

Maori Telco being formed for Te Taitokerau broadband network

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A consortium of Northland (Taitokerau) Iwi is constructing a unique high speed broadband infrastructure network for the Northland region that will operate as Taitokerau Networks.

The project is being managed by a strategic equity partner and telecommunications operator, Datalight Ltd – the company that leads the OPTO Consortium and is also acting as General Partner for the nation-wide Maori led rural broadband bid, Torotoro Waea.

The formation of Taitokerau Networks has been led by Te Runanga o Whaingaroa, Te Runanga o Ngati Whatua and Te Runanga o Te Rarawa.

A spokesman for the Iwi consortium, Haami Piripi, chair of Te Runanga o Te Rarawa, says the business model is designed to stimulate Northland’s regional economy, and in particular, Maori communities.

“We have designed the model to ensure there are returns to cover our costs, and that will also enable an adequate level of profit to reinvest in our communities.”

He says a number of jobs have already been created to develop the network, and it is expected that Taitokerau Networks will influence the creation of a significant number of jobs across the Northland region over time.

Roger MacDonald of DataLight, says final agreements are being drawn up between Iwi, industry, local and international funders to build, operate, maintain and govern Taitokerau Networks initial Fibre Optic Transmission Network infrastructure from Auckland to Whangarei.

Construction is due to commence this month and will be completed in five months.

The network will complement the government’s broadband activities, will be the first Iwi owned regional transmission and backhaul network in the country and will be a significant contribution to the delivery of cost effective broadband connectivity to rural communities in Northland.

Roger MacDonald says: “Taitokerau Networks uses a business model that will substantially improve performance, connectedness and cost effectiveness of communications within and beyond Northland. At the same time, it focuses on achieving the outcomes sought by Taitokerau Iwi to improve education, employment, health, and prosperity across the predominantly under-served rural Northland region.”

For further information, please contact the spokesmen listed below, or , Andrew Melville: +64 21 360-075, or email: [email protected]

2 thoughts on “Maori Telco being formed for Te Taitokerau broadband network

  1. there is alot of interest in connecting to your network here in wellsford,however there is no information on when this will happen,how and what we might informative article in the locale news paper would be awesome, thanks-warwick

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