Provincial Growth Fund investing in connecting people through digital regional hubs

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Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today the Government will invest in Regional Digital Hubs (RDHs) in towns to connect local people and businesses to digital services. The announcement was made as part of the $21 million package for digital connectivity.

RDHs are place-based facilities which may include key digital services such as free connectivity (via WiFi), co-working spaces for businesses and potentially council activities, event spaces, some support for technical connectivity and guidance on use of the internet for business purposes.

The Prime Minister said that today’s investment will mean more rural communities will be able to enjoy the benefits of a digitally-enabled economy.

RDHs will focus on the PGF surge regions (Northland, Bay of Plenty, Tairāwhiti/Gisborne, Hawke’s Bay, Manawatū-Whanganui and West Coast) and locations will be confirmed when appropriate space and local community partners are secured.

Find out more about how to apply for funding.