Government turns down Maori spectrum claim

TOM PULLAR-STRECKER
Last updated 13:33 21/02/2013

Relevant offers

Politics

Cunliffe: No knowledge of wife's Twitter account Data suggests Labour out till 2020 Beehive Live: Twitter tussle Moveable feast for leadership South Korean free trade agreement 'close' Leadership goes beyond charisma McCully scolds 'impotent' Security Council over Syria Wananga's wonky course costs repaid David Cunliffe's wife in Twitter potshots Turia's 'beaten wives' slur rejected by Labour's Davis

The Government has rejected claims from Maori for a share of hundreds of millions of dollars worth of digital dividend radio spectrum that will be freed up by the nationwide closure of analogue television in December.

However, it said it would instead consider establishing a $30 million ICT development fund that would be focused on assisting Maori to "leverage the potential benefits from new technologies, and promote and support the language and culture in a digital world".

Communications Minister Amy Adams said the prized 700MHz radio spectrum, suitable for 4G mobile networks, would be auctioned during the third quarter.

The Government would set a "reserve price" for the spectrum.

Adams said details of how the spectrum would be allocated would be confirmed "in the next few months". 

Maori had put a Waitangi Tribunal claim for the spectrum on ice while it negotiated with the Government, but one claimant recently warned that claim could be reactivated at any time.

Ad Feedback

- BusinessDay.co.nz

Special offers
Opinion poll

Should David Cunliffe lead Labour again?

Yes

No

Not sure

Vote Result

Related story: Cunliffe, Robertson trade blows

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content