Letters: the wait for broadband

Fibre optic: a giant roll-out programme is underway.

Fibre optic: a giant roll-out programme is underway.

National MP Sarah Dowie extravagantly claims in her column (August 3) that the Government has invested $2 billion to get fibre (optic telecommunications cable ) throughout the country, including $13.3 million to bring fibre to Bluff, Otatara, Riverton, West, Te Anau and Winton.

If this money has actually been invested why can't we see any tangible result?

A quick look at the Crown Fibre Holdings website indicates that "Riverton West " won't get fibre until 2022 and Bluff won't have any fibre until 2023.

Anyway where is "Riverton West"? Long Hilly or Orepuki maybe?

Which begs the question, what is being done for downtown Riverton?

Does Sarah Dowie know that Riverton and Bluff are in her electorate and if so why can't she strongly advocate for them?

N McDermott


Invercargill MP Sarah Dowie replied:

The Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) programme is one the largest infrastructure projects New Zealand has undertaken. So far, 20,000 businesses and homes in Invercargill can now connect to UFB.

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The Government is investing approximately $2 billion in UFB which will allow 85 per cent of New Zealanders to access UFB by the end of 2024.

The second phase of UFB installations will start in 2017 and be completed between 2018 and 2024, this includes Bluff, Otatara, Riverton West, Te Anau and Winton. The Government is doing everything it can to roll out this giant programme as soon as possible.

The Government's target for connectivity is that by 2025, 99 per cent of New Zealanders will be able to access peak download speeds of 50 Mbps or better and the remaining one per cent able to access at least 10 Mbps.

Back in 1950

It would appear that the hand-out versus hand-up debate is alive and well in your pages.

In 1950, I believe we had 12 unemployed in this country. We had free education, and a school milk programme. We didn't have the disparities between rich and poor we have now.

This was simply because of Government control, not control to stifle innovation and progress; rather this control was to ensure one human being couldn't manipulate, enslave and dominate another. Government ensured by legislation that women were paid equally with men. Financial entities couldn't create bubbles in the economy. Imports were restricted so they balanced with exports, foreign debt was minimised. Farmers were protected in bad years by the Dairy, Wool, and Meat Boards, ensuring they weren't exposed directly to the markets.

So what have successive Governments given us?

An education system whose service is related to the depth of your pockets. $9.6 million of debt per citizen weighing on our shoulders. Our identity and sovereignty worn away daily, in the name of globalisation. Generational unemployment and an exponential increase in crime. For our young? Hopelessness and despair leading to an ever increasing suicide rate.

It's time to think about people rather than the free market.

Developing industry to create jobs, real jobs, not just pandering to tourists. Investing the Super Fund locally to create wealth for our citizens, not someone else's. Secondary processing to increase returns to farmers. I think a dose of protectionism and control here and there, might even eradicate poverty, and give us a future not beholden to others.

Carl Findlater


Casting stones

In the case of the Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei: s "Let those who have never sinned cast the first stone".

Some will remember those potent words from Sunday School and church.

We watch and listen to our politicians on our TV screens who regularly have brain fades or they gloss over the truth giving the impression it's really unimportant.

Here we have a politician baring all misdemeanours which happened years ago when under financial pressure.

Her aim trying to expose the harshness of the welfare system and the poverty trap.

A welfare system to help people in despair, a helping hand up it should be but made mean by the people living in comfort who are running it.

The sanctimonious ones are very fortunate they are so strong.

O Sinclair


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