Government Broadband Extension Request

This page details Tasman District Council's successful bid for funding as part of the Government Broadband Extension Request and the so-called 'RBI2 extension' where the fibre network is extended to rural areas, tourism areas and mobile coverage has been improved.

Exact coverage areas are to be determined. Crown Fibre Holdings will be working with partners to carry out more detailed planning over the coming months.

RBI2 Results Announced September 2017

Under the latest extension of the Government’s Ultra-Fast Broadband programme, broadband will be rolled out to an additional seven towns and one fringe area in Tasman. This will provide approximately 1,800 more Tasman households and businesses with access to faster, more reliable internet.

New towns & fringe areas:

  • Clifton/Tata Beach/Pohara
  • Gibbstown/Collingwood
  • Hope
  • Marahau
  • Riwaka
  • St Arnaud
  • Tapawera
  • Tasman
  • Chorus UFB2 fringe

The entire UFB build in Tasman will be complete by the end of 2022, providing more than 8,000 Tasman households and businesses with faster internet.

The Government’s total investment in Tasman and West Coast UFB connectivity is $31.9 million.

Mobile Black Spot Fund – State Highways

Three state highways in Tasman will receive new mobile coverage. Approximately 52kms will be covered across State Highway 6, 63 and 65.

Mobile Black Spot Fund – Tourism Areas

The Tasman region will receive new mobile coverage for 7 tourism areas.

  • Blue Lake/ Lake Rotoroa
  • Cape Farewell
  • Entrances/exits to Heaphy Track
  • Lake Rotoroa
  • Maruia Falls
  • Totaranui Beach and campsite
  • Wharariki Beach

Fact Sheets

More details in the government fact sheets released in September

UFB 2 Results Announced January 2017

Thanks to dedicated hard work from a large number of people across the district, we have achieved some great results. Ultra-fast broadband is coming to an additional seven areas in our District – giving 15,000 Tasman residents access to faster internet between now and 2023.

  • Ruby Bay (2018)
  • Motueka (2019)
  • Kaiteriteri (2020)
  • Takaka (2021)
  • Brightwater (2022)
  • Wakefield (2022)
  • Murchison (2023)

The upgraded service will be delivered through contracts between Crown Fibre Holdings and Chorus.

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To see the maps where we have compiled community feedback results, follow the links below.

Digital Enablement Plan 2015 Government Broadband Extension Request Combined Map Files Registration of Interest - Government Broadband Extension Request Rural Connectivity Group Brochure Mobile Blackspot Rural Broadband Ultra Fast Broadband

Background Information

We were heavily involved in helping put together a bid for funding for our region, and it’s great to see our communities’ need for better internet access has been recognised by the Government in this funding round. The preparation of our bid was a community-driven process supported by the Nelson Regional Development Agency. A series of community events helped identify where services are missing and more than 1300 people, organisations and businesses completed an online survey and provided supporting information.

The ROI was compiled by Digital Development Associates (the agency appointed by the Economic Development Agency) based on the information sourced by Council and community. It was a collaborative process run on a very challenging and short timeline. Once the ROI was completed, we also had to submit a supporting Digital Engagement Plan, -  again will be assembled with support from community representatives.

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