RAETIHI AGREES WAY FORWARD ON WIFI AND SECURITY CAMERAS
Raetihi residents in conjunction with Ruapehu District Council (RDC), the Waimarino-Waiouru Community Board (WWCB), the Police and Raetihi Promotions agreed a way forward for township WIFI and security cameras at a community meeting last night (24 May).
only after-hours free WIFI was provided by Council’s library but this
was switched off on 20 April at the request of the Police in attempt to
curb a spate of vandalism and other anti-social behaviour that was occurring around the town at night.
At an earlier WWCB
meeting on 5 May Council had committed to getting the free WIFI back on
after-hours as soon as possible however this was not going to be before
the installation of security cameras outside the Raetihi office and library.
the community meeting held last night is was agreed that the hours of
the free library WIFI would be extended from 5.00am to 10.30pm every day
after Council had installed external security cameras which were
expected to be operational from mid-next week.
Group Manager Customer Services Pauline Welch said that the community
thinking around the extended hours was that young people shouldn’t
normally need to be out on streets after 10.30pm and that these were
long enough for tourists and other legitimate users.
extended free library WIFI hours will however be under review in
consultation with the Police and the community,” she said.
“If any anti-social behaviour flares up once more and the Police ask Council to switch the library WIFI off again after-hours we will not hesitate to do so.”
“Council is also accelerating plans for implementing free town wide WIFI within the Raetihi central business district (CBD).”
“It is anticipated that free WIFI for central Raetihi
can be up and running within around six to eight weeks which should
remove the need for young people to gather at night outside the Council
office and library.”
Ms. Welch added that bringing forward the installation of free WIFI in Raetihi will also benefit Taumarunui and Ohakune which will both see free WIFI implemented in their CBD areas sooner than originally anticipated.
“Council also announced at the meeting that it would contribute $10,000 in seed funding toward the Raetihi Promotions project for installing security cameras within the Raetihi CBD.”
have committed to holding another community meeting in around three
weeks to discuss how the extended hours of the library free WIFI is
going as well as some other details around township wide WIFI and
Promotions Chairperson Geoff Anderson said that they were pleased with
the outcomes from last night’s meeting and believe it provides a
sensible and practical way for the community to move forward on these
“Council’s seed funding for the CBD security cameras is a great starting point and we thank them for that.”
anticipate the project will cost up to $40,000 in total and are
confident that we will be able to raise that with community support,” he