Funding partnership delivers digital connectivity for urban marae

Published: Jun 5, 2020

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A programme to connect marae around the country to the internet has received $1.4 million to expand and include urban marae in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. 

The marae digital connectivity programme is run in a partnership between Crown Infrastructure Partners, the Provincial Development Unit and Te Puni Kōkiri.

The funding for the Marae Connectivity Programme (MCP) is in addition to the $21m announced in February 2019 to connect more rural and provincial towns and marae to the internet.

Digital connectivity is a key enabler for economic activity. The internet is used to work, shop, bank, pay bills, for education and to keep in touch. As we begin the economic recovery from the impact of COVID-19, it is essential that as many people as possible are able to access the internet.

The MCP has been working over the past year to connect rural and isolated marae. It is now expanding to include some urban marae.

As well as the connection, the programme also provides hardware to set up Wi-Fi around the marae, as well as other equipment, training and technical support, and free broadband access for five years.

The programme has already connected 123 marae around the country. A further 43 marae in the three main centres will be eligible to apply for a connection.

Digital connectivity boost for urban marae — Beehive.govt.nz