Provincial Growth Fund investing in marae digital connectivity

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The Provincial Growth Fund is bringing Māori communities together through investing in marae connectivity. The announcement was made today by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

Boosting marae connectivity will include physically connecting marae to broadband networks and will provide technical support and training.

Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones, who joined the Prime Minister at the announcement, said that marae are meeting places for whānau, hapū and iwi, and are central to many rural communities.  Improving connectivity will support communities to undertake economic activity and enhance their capability.

The first Marae to receive PGF funding for digital connectivity are Oromahoe (Te Tai Tokerau), Te Houhanga (Te Tai Tokerau) and Raupunga Te Huki (Heretaunga).

There will be a process run by Te Puni Kōkiri and the Provincial Development Unit to select further marae and RDHs to receive the available PGF funding. Find out more about how to apply for funding.