The 15,000km Hawaiki international submarine cable has landed at Mangawhai heads and is expected to boost global digital connectivity and Northland economic development.
The cable is a key project in the Tai Tokerau Northland Economic Action Plan and Northland Regional Council Chairman, Bill Shepherd, says both the council and Northland Inc have been long-term, committed backers of the cable project over the years.
“Improving Northland’s economic performance is a key council goal and in that regard, this launch is a significant win for both the Whangarei District and the wider Northland region.”
Chairman Shepherd says the cable project is an example of how economic performance can be potentially enhanced by careful use of public money, as with the council’s investment in Northland Inc.
“The regional council, Northland Inc and the other key players involved in this exciting project believe it will generate significant flow-on benefits for Northland in having increased diversity in its connections to the rest of the world.”
Northland Inc chief executive, Dr David Wilson, says Northland is in position to be a leader in the digital and technology space.
“Hawaiki is just the beginning. There is still plenty of work to be done in connecting Northland, supporting our rangatahi to be digitally savvy and innovative, and gearing up our businesses and workforce to realise the opportunities in front of us in readiness for an advanced digital future.
We look forward to continuing the solid relationship we have built with Hawaiki and utilising their expertise in helping Northland to go digital, and go global.”
The cable links New Zealand to Australia, Hawaii and mainland United States, with landing stations at Mangawhai Heads and American Samoa. The cable will be switched on in June, and will ultimately double New Zealand’s international communications capacity.