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Ratana hooked to ultrafast broadband

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New ultrafast broadband connections to Rātana Pā have been completed in time for the annual celebrations of the prophet’s birthday.

Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones says the connection and associated hardware were funded from the Provincial Growth Fund’s $21 million Marae Digital Connectivity programme, which aims to connect rural communities to the internet.

The new infrastructure supports the settlement’s digital hub and 10 offices within the pā ground and more than 350 whānau.

He says the Marae Digital Connectivity programme is picking up momentum, partnering with 10 service providers throughout Aotearoa.

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