The second phase of the Ultra-Fast Broadband initiative (UFB2) is set to begin and Hokitika is first up to be connected.
Chorus met with Westland Mayor Bruce Smith to mark the start of the project, says Chorus GM Ed Beattie.
“Today we've taken the first step toward bringing world-class connectivity to Hokitika.
“Fibre provides the broadband equivalent of an autobahn right to the door of homes and businesses, and it will future-proof Hokitika for the anticipated continued growth in data consumption for generations to come.
With Hokitika fast-tracked to be first on the data ‘autobahn', the area will be able to get the high-speed internet which provides access to e-resources and better digital learning opportunities for the community.
Smith says he's proud they are to be the first UFB2 area, and he is excited to see how it affects the regions other industries, as well as education.
“We are delighted that Hokitika has been chosen to be the first cab off the rank for Chorus' part of the UFB2 initiative.
“Our major industries such as the Dairy Company, Silverfern Farms and many local IT businesses were delighted to be informed of the commencement of the build.
The UFB2 programme will see fibre rollout in 169 new areas in addition to Hokitika.