The Hawaiki Submarine Cable will land at Mangawhai Heads later this month and is set to bring New Zealand faster internet speed when it’s switched on in June.
The fibre-optic cable is currently being installed on the $500 million, 15,000km submarine cable system — with one in each hemisphere.
The cable will land at Mangawhai Heads beach by Bream Tail Farm and is currently scheduled for Saturday, January 27.
“There can be schedule changes arising from operational matters and weather, so the landing date may change. We will keep the public notified via the Mangawhai Focus website,” said Hawaiki’s NZ programme manager Richard Howarth.
The CS Responder began rolling out the cable in Sydney last November. It will stop by Mangawhai on its way to the United States.
An area of the beach will be closed to the public for approximately three days whilst the work is completed. The northern end of the beach and the headland walking track will remain open to the public. The cable will travel under the sand dunes to the cable landing station. The underground ducting was installed using Horizontal Directional Drilling technology, ensuring the sand dunes were not disturbed.
Hawaiki are also sponsoring the Mangawhai Museum special communications exhibition, which tells the story of communications in the region from early settler days to submarine cables and the Hawaiki project in particular.
“It’s just letting people know how we are progressing through the ages. For young people its learning about the history and for the older generation it can be seen as a trip down memory lane,” says museum manager Emma Gray.