Taumarunui has been included on a list of towns that have been fast-tracked to receive ultra fast broadband with Ohakune and Raetihi to follow.

Crown Fibre Holdings has just announced that the townships have been included in the next stage of the Ultra-Fast Broadband Extension.

The news is especially good for Taumarunui which is one of 18 towns that will have their UFB build fast tracked to be completed by the end of 2020.

Ohakune and Raetihi are scheduled to have UFB by the end of 2024 joining 85 percent of New Zealand’s population who will have access to fibre.

Ruapehu Mayor Don Cameron said this was fantastic news for Ruapehu’s economic growth and social development aspirations.

“The availability of free WiFi was already having positive effects and starting to attract business and investor interest into the townships.

“The availability of UFB will only enhance this interest.

“It will also significantly improve Ruapehu’s ability to contribute to the government’s business growth plan.”

This includes opportunities identified as part of the Regional Growth Agenda Accelerate25 as well as opening up new and exciting opportunities in unidentified areas.

“While 2020 and 2024 may seem some while away it means businesses and investors can plan with certainty that UFB will be available.”

Cameron said an important part of the success in bringing UFB to Taumarunui, Ohakune and Raetihi was the support Ruapehu communities gave to council when we were bidding to have our townships included in this next stage of fibre rollout.

“They responded enthusiastically to the project completing internet usage surveys, sharing war stories and attending public meetings around the district.

“This announcement is also a good opportunity to remind people that council provides services and information to help Ruapehu individuals, businesses and communities with getting connected and enabling them to reap the benefits of improved internet services.”

For Ruapehu businesses and organisations this includes a free hosted web page on Ruapehu’s AboutUs website.

Anyone wanting to know more about how council can help in this area visit www.ruapehudc.govt.nz or call the local council office.