Better connectivity being investigated for Great Barrier Island

Publish Date : 11 Dec 2019

Improvements to internet and phone connectivity are being investigated by Aotea / Great Barrier Local Board.

$4000 has been allocated by the local board to investigate and advocate for improvements to communications infrastructure on the island. The project will also identify a site for a new cellular tower. 

“As well as improving local business operations and the experience of residents and visitors, better connectivity has the potential to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” says Izzy Fordham, local board chair.

“For example, it will mean people can stay on the island for work using online platforms for meetings instead of flying to and from the mainland.”

It is estimated that one return flight from Auckland to Great Barrier Island produces 45kg CO2 equivalent. Good phone and internet connectivity is also essential during civil emergencies or natural disasters. 

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