Hon Hekia Parata
Minister of Education
Hon Amy Adams Minister for Communications and Information Technology
21 March, 2012 Media statement
More schools to benefit from UFB
The roll out of ultra-fast broadband to more schools in Hamilton, Tauranga, New Plymouth and Whanganui will see
thousands more students able to be connected to the network by July, Education Minister Hekia Parata and Communications
and Information Technology Minister Amy Adams say.
Ultrafast Fibre, one of the Government’s four UFB partners, today announced the next 23 schools in these regions that
will be able to connect to the network by July this year.
These schools are in addition to another nine that were deployed by Ultrafast Fibre in January.
This means more than 16,000 students at 32 schools in the four regions will be able to be connected to the network by
Ms Parata says UFB is an exciting tool for the future of education.
“Schools will be able to share scarce resources like physics and IT teachers, and students will be able to take part in
virtual classrooms and courses that might not be available at their own schools.
“Faster internet will help connect our schools with the world and prepare students for living and working in the 21st
Ms Adams says the roll-out of UFB-enabling fibre to schools is making great progress.
“UFB is a game-changer for the whole country, and will see New Zealand become one of the most connected countries in the
world with speeds of up to 100 megabits per second.
“It will revolutionise the way Kiwi firms do business, the way our kids learn and the way our health services deliver to
us as patients.
“Building a more competitive and productive economy is one of the Government’s four key priorities for its second term
and the rollout of UFB is an important part of this.”
The 23 schools announced today are:
Kaka Street Special School
St Mary's Catholic School
Mt Maunganui School
Cambridge International College
Rhode Street School
St Andrew's Middle School
Forest Lake School
St Joseph's Catholic School
Waikato Diocesan School For Girls
St John’s College
Wanganui High School
St John's Hill School
St George's Preparatory School
TKKM o Te Atihaunui-A-Paparangi
New Plymouth Girls' High School