Huntly will soon get high-speed internet, a move that will end the digital divide.

The work is part of the Government's Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) programme, which will see high-speed fibre broadband in cities and towns across the country.

The build in Huntly will offer up to 3,000 potential connections to homes and businesses.

A karakia with local iwi, comprising of Ngāti Mahuta, Ngāti Whaawhaakia, and Ngāti Kuiaarangi, was held on the banks the Waikato River to welcome UFF to the community and to bless the work that is to be undertaken.

The installation of fibre in Huntly is particularly significant, Ultrafast Fibre chief executive William Hamilton said.

"We have a real opportunity to help reduce the digital divide with the work that is being currently undertaken in Huntly.

"We are aware that some parts of this community could benefit from some help in accessing high-speed broadband, and it is something that UFF is prepared to push for.

"Reducing the digital divide needs a multi-agency approach and is a challenge that has our support."

A special feature of the build will see fibre cross the Waikato River through a special duct on the Tainui Bridge.

The fibre build programme will see work carried out on both sides of the river simultaneously, with the river crossing expected later in the year.

The UFB network expansion arrives on top of UFF's already completed deployment of more than 3,000 kilometres of fibre to eight central North Island cities and towns.

Twenty-seven more towns and locations will have access to high-speed broadband by the end of next year.

Image: Ultrafast Fibre chief executive William Hamilton joined local iwi for a karakia on the banks of the Waikato River. L-R: Taitimu (Timi) Maipi, William Hamilton, Tutata Matatahi, Huirama Matatahi and Barry Maipi.

- Stuff


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