Access to ultra-fast broadband rolled out across Christchurch

Access to ultra-fast broadband (UFB) has been rolled out to the whole of Christchurch, completed a year ahead of schedule. 

Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media Minister Clare Curran said in a statement that the completion meant almost 200,000 users would have UFB available. 

"The build is part of the Government’s initiative to make fibre broadband available to 87 per cent of Kiwi households and businesses by the end of 2022," she said. 

"The next step is to encourage more people to use it. Latest figures show only 35.6 per cent of Christchurch business and households are connected to ultra-fast broadband."

The infrastructure has extended access to Woodend, Kaiapoi, Lyttelton, Mandeville, Rangiora, Lincoln, Rolleston, Templeton, Prebbleton, Tai Tapu and Tuahiwi.

Ms Curran said Christchurch was the first of New Zealand's three major centres to have completed UFB infrastructure. 

"Being connected has become an essential part of our everyday lives. The completion in Christchurch means existing businesses and emerging businesses are able to connect to the best infrastructure on offer," she said. 

Almost 1.3 million Kiwis have access to UFB, figures from Minister of Business, Innovation and Employment showed, with 42.3 per cent of those (550,134) having taken up a UFB connection. 




What does the winter weather have in store for you? There's good and bad news in NIWA's latest outlook

According to the NIWA's latest modelling, New Zealand's winter has a good chance of being warmer than average through to July.

There are greater odds of this being true for the northern regions of the North Island, which has a 50 per cent chance of warmer than average weather this winter, compared with 40 per cent for the rest of the country.

However, it isn't all good news, as NIWA predicts there will also be a high chance of cold snaps in June and July.

Outlook for May - July 2018. Source: NIWA

They also predict that higher temperatures could lead to some significant rainfall events, especially in the north of the North Island, which has a 45 per cent chance of higher than average rainfall in June and July.

NIWA's regional predictions for June and July around NZ are as follows:

Northland, Auckland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty

• Temperatures are likely to be above average (50% chance).
• Rainfall totals are likely to be above normal. (45% chance).

Central North Island, Taranaki, Whanganui, Manawatu, Wellington

• Temperatures are equally likely to be near average (40% chance) or above average (40% chance).
• Rainfall totals, soil moisture levels and river flows are equally likely to be in the near normal (40% chance) or above normal range (40% chance).

Gisborne, Hawke's Bay, Wairarapa

• Temperatures are equally likely to be near average (40% chance) or above average (40% chance).
• Rainfall totals, soil moisture levels and river flows are all about equally likely to be in the near normal (40% chance) or above normal range (40-45% chance).

Tasman, Nelson, Marlborough, Buller

• Temperatures are equally likely to be near average (40% chance) or above average (40% chance).
• Rainfall totals, soil moisture levels and river flows are all about equally likely to be in the near normal (40% chance) or above normal range (40-45% chance).

West Coast, Alps and foothills, inland Otago, Southland

• Temperatures are equally likely to be near average (40% chance) or above average (40% chance).
• Rainfall totals are about equally likely to be near normal (40% chance) or below normal (45% chance).

Coastal Canterbury, east Otago

• Temperatures are equally likely to be near average (40% chance) or above average (40% chance).
• Rainfall totals are equally likely to be normal (40% chance) or above normal (40% chance).

More information can be found at this link.

Mount Ngauruhoe and the Rangipo Desert, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand
Mt Ngauruhoe (file picture). Source: istock.com

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