Loading Ruapehu

The journey so far...

Ruapehu Broadband Digital Enablement Plan - Loading Ruapehu

RDC is participating in the government funded broadband roll out process to advocate for better internet and mobile services to the Ruapehu.

The involvement of Ruapehu communities has been central to the project process. This has included local communities taking part in surveys and attending public meetings in support of Council's bid  to have Ruapehu take part in government's next $400 million investment in broadband and mobile.

Stage one - Registration of Interest – completed

Part one of the process involved identifying the districts problem areas for internet and mobile services, areas of priority for improvements and how council can help suppliers improve services to the district.

This is all detailed in the full Registration of Interest (ROI). The ROI was submitted to the government on July 2nd 2015.

Stage Two - Digital Enablement Plan (DEP) – completed

This was part two of the process which involved planning community and business orientated projects that will assist in our communities in getting the most out of the internet. Council is now working to deliver the projects to the community.

The Digital Enablement Plan (DEP) was submitted to the government on September 18th 2015.

A key part of the DEP response was Council showing how it would support our communities with getting connected and enable them to reap the benefits of improved internet services. Council organised Loading Ruapehu Week (1-5 August 2016) as part of getting Ruapehu businesses online and having the skills to take full advantage of the opportunities the internet offers.

Free WIFI - Taumarunui, Ohakune and Raetihi - completed

Access to web and cellular services has been identified as a critical factor in maximising economic and social opportunities for Ruapehu residents. To help support these opportunities Council has provided free WIFI along the main streets of Taumarunui. Ohakune and Raetihi.

Community engagement 

Ruapehu communities have been (and still are) a crucial part of the Loading Ruapehu project. They have responded enthusiastically to the project completing internet usage surveys, sharing 'war stories' and attending public meetings around the district.

The community presentation material provides a good overview of the Loading Ruapehu project and its objectives. 

Get a FREE web page on AboutUs

AboutUs provides businesses with a free online presence and lots of helpful advice on how you can use the internet to increase sales, reduce costs and grow your bottom line. About Us will also feature Ruapehu business successes throughout the year which again increases web presence.

To find out more come contact Peggy Veen or via your local Council office.

What is AboutUs

To find out more about 'AboutUs' and what your business could like like on the site see the AboutUs website as well as an examples on AboutUs of how Whanganui District Council and the Whanganui Top 10 Holiday Park are using AboutUs.

Other resources - Improve your internet skills and knowledge

As the internet has grown the opportunities and benefits on offer have grown with it but also the risks.

Whether you are on-line for business or pleasure the more you know the better off you will be to take advantage of all the good things and protect yourself from the bad.

To assist council has put together a list of links to organisations that offer training and services on how to use the internet and internet tools such as apps as well as information on NZ internet law. Many of these services and information is provided free of charge.

No matter what your age, skill level, or why you are on-line, there is something of value for you.

See: Helpful Resources under Our Services / Economic Development on this website. 

Want to know more?

Supporting documentation 
Loading Ruapehu Week (1-5 Aug) Social Media for Business Workshops
Digital Enablement Plan (DEP) submitted - Sept 15
Digital Enablement Plan (DEP) meetings, community support requested - July 15
Government requests Registration of Interest in next investment round - June 15
Ruapehu Press article Wed 10 June 15 on Digital Enablement Plan


Page reviewed: 08 Jun 2018 9:25am