Auckland Central MP Nikki Kaye has today welcomed Vodafone’s announcement that a new cell site at Okiwi on Great Barrier Island will go live at the end of May.
“I would like to acknowledge the hard work of the Great Barrier Local Board, Vodafone, the Department of Conservation (DOC) and Auckland Council in ensuring that this cell site come to fruition,” says Ms Kaye
“Over the last year I have had numerous discussions and advocated for this project as it is important step for the Okiwi community.
“I want to congratulate these parties that have worked hard, and collaborated to deliver an asset that will assist with conservation, community education and business services.
“It has been a long road that has taken several years, but it has been worthwhile to be able to provide improved coverage for Okiwi Village, which includes Okiwi Primary School and a new DOC headquarters.
“This announcement follows on from the Government’s Rural Broadband Initiative, which saw a $1 million investment in a wireless broadband tower to support services at Claris, opened in 2013 on the Island.
“This Government is actively seeking ways to improve telecommunications across more remote areas of the country.
“People should never underestimate the difference that communications can make to an isolated Island like Great Barrier. I will be working hard with the local board and the community to ensure that we continue to expand coverage and communication services for Great Barrier Island.”