Kapiti Observer : October 25th 2012
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It was defined through commer- cial negotiations with fibre compan- ies, with the requirement that the rollout would cover 75 per cent of the population by 2019, he said. Chorus won the contract to install fibre in the Wellington region. Previously Chorus had told the Kapiti Observer that the rollout area, which did not include Otaki, was set by the Government. The rollout will provide massive increases in internet speeds and will launch in Paraparaumu next year. Waikanae and Paekakariki will be included later in the eight-year pro- gramme. Mr Broun said the negotiated decision was based on projections for 2021 that place Kapiti -- without Otaki -- as number 14 in a list of the 33 fastest growing areas in the country. Because it s not economically viable to deliver fibre to every part of New Zealand, the Government has decided to provide ultrafast broad- band to our fastest-growing cities and towns, Mr Broun said. He said Otaki falls outside the scope of the programme, but will be covered by the rural broadband initiative. The broadband included in this initiative will be about 20 times slower than ultrafast. Kapiti Coast District ward council- lor for Otaki Penny Gaylor slammed the analysis for the decision as lazy . This is shown, as one example, by the fact that Paekakariki [included in the programme] is never going to grow and provide the economic sup- port for the district or region that Otaki is capable of. She said the Government classi- fied Otaki as rural, despite it being identified as the focus for urban growth, and having a university, a clean technology centre and clean technology park programme. Ms Gaylor said Otaki has the single largest area of industrial land in Kapiti for expansion, and a region- ally important food production sector exists around the town. On a flying visit to Otaki this month, Prime Minister John Key said he would have thought the town would be included. Off the top of his head he couldn t say why it was not included, Mr Key said. Mr Broun said Otaki schools will receive ultrafast broadband fibre, capable of peak speeds of 100 mega- bits per second. Otaki township already has access to fast broadband speeds of up to 20mbps through the Chorus fibre to the node network, he said. Ultrafast broadband will see data transmitted along fibres about 50 times the speed of broadband -- allowing instant access to online information from around the world. Crown Fibre Holdings was created by the Government to manage the $1.5b programme. Name this bridge Otaki Community Board will relaunch its bid to find a name for the footbridge over Rangiuru Stream at Otaki Beach. The board held off making a recommendation for the name at the end of Atkinson Ave after being presented with the options of Atkinson or Taumanuka. At Tuesday s meeting board members were told the community will be asked for suggestions. Keen planters: Raumati South School students Aden O'Connor, Barney Ainslie, Rhys Ward, Taylor Quy, Daniel Rush and Josh Tristram by the school's back forest, planted four years ago. School in a forest By TALIA CARLISLE Raumati South School have planted more than 4500 trees in the school in the last four years. To celebrate, they held a spe- cial morning tea yesterday made with ingredients from the school s vegetable garden. Kapiti Coast District council- lors and Greater Wellington regional councillors were invited, and members of Kapiti- Mana Forest & Bird, who have donated time and money to the project. Teacher aide Diane Turner said she would often find the group s chairman John McLach- lan at the school, looking after the new trees on weekends or during school holidays. Mrs Turner spends two days a week in the school, helping the students look after the plants and vegetable garden. We haven t stopped, it was just a chance to take a breather and reflect on what we ve done to date, she said. We hope to continue until we run out of planting space. The school has received a $3000 grant from the New Zea- land Glass Environmental Fund. The Paraparaumu/Raumati Community Board had also donated $500 to the project.
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