THE ULTRAFAST BROADBAND​​ JOURNEY

In 2009, the Wanganui District Council campaigned strongly for ultrafast broadband to be rolled out in our community. The rollout has been completed and was launched on 15 May 2015.
Ultrafast broadband means businesses can reduce their reliance on in-house servers and move to remote, cloud based storage. Essentially, this means businesses based in Whanganui can work anywhere in the world.

If you are interested in getting ultrafast broadband for your household, you can contact Orcon,Inspire Net, SparkAtrix, MyRepublic or Snap.  If you want to set up ultrafast broadband for your company,Inspire Net, MyRepublic, Lamberts Business Systems, Snap, Call Plus, Solarix, Spark DigitalFX Networks,OrconCompass Communications, Atrix and Kordia can help.

ULTRAFAST FIBRE PROUD TO COMPLETE OUR NETWORK

Ultrafast Fibre Limited is pleased to join Communications Minister, Amy Adams, to announce that it has completed building the Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) network in Whanganui.

Having completed deployment of around 330km of network, residents can now connect to UFB through their chosen broadband retail service provider.

The photos below show (clockwise from top left: Minister for Communications Amy Adams on a virtual reality roller coaster with Mayor Annette Main; People enjoy finding out more about UFB at the expo; Ultrafast Fibre’s Chief Executive William Hamilton with Hon Amy Adams; students from Carlton School enjoy the expo.

Read more here.

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HOW DO I GET ULTRAFAST BROADBAND?

If you are interested in getting ultrafast broadband for your household, you can contact Orcon, Inspire Net, Spark, Atrix, MyRepublic or Snap. If you want to set up ultrafast broadband for your company,Inspire Net, MyRepublic, Lamberts Business Systems, Snap, Call Plus, Solarix, Spark Digital, FX Networks,Orcon, Compass Communications, Atrix and Kordia can help.

DIGITAL JOURNEY

Digital Journey is an online hub which assists businesses to gain an understanding of the opportunities online technology offers. It provides an interactive assessment to determine how businesses are using online technology and builds a customised action plan with recommendations about how to increase use.

BECOME A COMMUNITY CHAMPION
BROADBAND IN RURAL NEIGHBOURHOODS

Do you live rurally and want to be part of getting your community connected to the internet? Inspire Net has launched a ‘Community Champion’ initiative to find people who are happy to be a contact person between Inspire Net and their neighbourhood to see if they can get broadband up-and-running through the installation of a repeater. To find out more, or become a Community Champion, emailteam@inspire.net.nz or download the information booklet.

GET YOUR BUSINESS ONLINE FOR FREE

Businesses in our district are able to increase their online presence and be more easily found in Google searches, thanks to www.aboutus.co.nz.

The website, which was created by digital agency Socialise, is a free digital toolbox for small businesses which includes contact details, maps, photos and links to social media. It also provides free information to business owners about how they can use Facebook, Xero and blogging to do better business, as well as a dashboard to track online views.

Because of our district’s work to get everyone connected to the internet, Socialise has chosen Whanganui businesses to pilot the programme.

Chair of the Whanganui Digital Leaders Forum Mayor Annette Main looks forward to seeing how businesses can improve their online presence through the site.

“The ultrafast broadband build in our urban area is almost complete, which means any business can use ultrafast broadband to maximise its output. Having information easily accessible online is one of the biggest things a business can do to increase its customer base. It’s really easy to do and it’s free.”

WE’RE ALREADY A GIGATOWN

Mayor Annette Main and the Whanganui Digital Leaders Forum congratulated Dunedin on its win in the Chorus #Gigatown competition.

Whanganui was not eligible to enter the Chorus #Gigatown competition because our ultrafast broadband network is being built by Ultrafast Fibre, not by Chorus.

However, Mayor Main says we are already a ‘gigatown’ because Ultrafast Fibre’s network has the capacity to offer 1 gigabit speeds to retail service providers.

She also stressed the importance of addressing international connectively through “a high capacity, open access international cable would make this country an even more desirable place to invest and do business.”

Read more here.

WHANGANUI ACHIEVES SMART21 STATUS FOR 2016

On 22 October 2014 the Intelligent Community Forum announced that, for the fourth year running, Whanganui is one of the world’s Smart21 communities.

Read more here…

DIGITAL LEADERS FORUM FINALIST IN INNOVATORS AWARDS

The Whanganui Digital Leaders Forum (WDLF) was a finalist in the New Zealand Innovators Awards 2014 in two categories: ‘Excellence in Social Innovation’ and ‘Innovation in Financial & Professional Services’. Read more here.  We were proud to be included as a finalist amongst New Zealand’s best and brightest innovators. Thanks to everyone who voted for us in the People’s Choice Awards.

WIKI WEDNESDAYS

Wiki Wednesday is a community Wikipedia-editing group which meets on the first Wednesday of every month.

Anyone can edit Wikipedia, so we want to improve our district’s visibility and encourage a new crop of editors. Writers, editors, students, photographers and fans of New Zealand history are all welcome. This project is organised by Natural History Curator of the Whanganui Regional Museum, Dr Mike Dickison.

  • Davis Central City Library, Queens Park
  • 6.30pm, first Wednesday of each month.
  • Next meeting date:  Wednesday, June, 3

For those new to editing Wiki, tutorials, handouts and help from more experienced editors is available. Use the library computers or bring your own and use the library wifi.

More information, including links to online guides to Wikipedia-editing and a blog, is available athttp://wikiwednesday.net.

BOOSTING OUR BROADBAND ECONOMY: ROBERT BELL’S KEYNOTE ADDRESS

On 23 July 2014 we were delighted to hear from Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) co-founder Robert Bell, who travelled to Whanganui from New York to speak to our community about what we can do with our broadband economy. Watch the video of Robert’s talk below.

CAN I USE THE INTELLIGENT COMMUNITY LOGO ON MY WEBSITE OR EMAIL SIGNATURE?​

If you are a Whanganui-based business, organisation or resident, you can use the Smart21 Intelligent Community logo on your website or email signature to market the district as a digitally intelligent community. Conditions of use include not changing the logo in any way, unless you need to reduce the size.
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INSPIRE FREE WIFI​

Inspire Free Wifi is a free, local wi-fi network available for anyone to use at a number of sites around Whanganui. It is brought to you through a partnership between the Wanganui District Council and Inspire Net.

Free wi-fi hotspots are listed on this page.

HOW DOES IT WORK?​

All wi-fi devices are able to access 1 gigabyte of data per month, via Inspire Free Wifi, at no cost. All you need to do is register your device while visiting one of the sites located in the urban area, and you have access to your data for a month. The next time you access the network, once the month has expired, you will connect via a webpage which will allow you to register for another month. You will not be bombarded by advertisements, nor will you have to visit any other sites when you connect.

LOOKING FOR MORE DATA?​

There are additional paid plans for those looking for increased data capacity. For further information on the Inspire Free Wifi network contact Inspire Net on 0800 484 363 or click here to email the Inspire Net helpdesk.