Nothing But Net

Ongoing consultation

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We asked: "How can we use digital technology to grow, both as individuals and a collective?"
 
This was your chance to use your voice to help shape our digital future. It's a complex issue that needs many and varied voices to find creative solutions. We invited people to watch the video and answer nine questions. Everyone who answered all nine questions went into the draw to win an iPhone XR - thanks to Northland Inc, Northland's Regional Economic Development Agency. The iPhone was won by one very happy Kaitaia resident. Thanks everyone for contributing and thanks Northland Inc for your awesome support!
 
 

Your Council has been advocating for improved digital infrastructure for the past five years. We have good data to support our advocacy, including mapping and other tools like our annual Broadband Speed Test Survey. We know where the infrastructure gaps are and we are working with others to find solutions.

But better infrastructure alone does not mean our digital challenges will disappear.

The digital divide: more than an infrastructure problem

It is also an access, affordability, capability, literacy and relevance problem.

If you have connectivity - and the skills to use it - you can work from anywhere, anytime. You can take a course, upskill or earn a degree. You can take part in a remote consultation with a health professional or keep in touch with whānau - wherever they might be.

So how can we use digital technology to grow, both as individuals and a collective? This is your chance to use your voice to help shape our digital future. This is a complex issue and it needs many and varied voices to find creative solutions.

It’s super easy to take part. Just watch the video and answer nine questions. Everyone who answers all nine questions goes into the draw to win an iPhone XR - thanks to Northland Inc, Northland's Regional Economic Development Agency.

So round up your bubble buddies, get comfortable and click on the video to begin!

Did you know the Far North District Council is a member of the Northland Digital Enablement Group? This group works with others to improve digital infrastructure across Northland. These are some of the group we work with.

Crown Infrastructure Partners are the government agency tasked with overseeing the Ultra Fast Broadband (UFB), Rural Broadband Initiative (RBI), Mobile Black Spot Fund (MBSF) and Marae Connectivity programmes. UFB is rolling out fibre to our Far North towns (Chorus); RBI and MBSF is delivering 4G mobile towers and wireless internet (RCG and Stratanet) and the Marae Connectivity Programme is getting our marae connected (TPK). 

If you’d like to find out more about the digital infrastructure we currently have and what’s planned, then check out the NZ Broadband Map. You can even use this tool to search your address to see what broadband options are available to you. 

Councillor Rachel Smith, Chair of Strategy and Policy Committee: In just a few months, our world has changed, and connectivity has never been so important. Now is a good time to start thinking about what’s virtually possible in the Far North. How can we take advantage of the digital world, and use it to make our world, better? For everybody. Watch the video and share your thoughts.  Anything goes. Be bold. Be brave. Be fierce. Use your voice to help shape our digital future.  There are 9 questions and your answer might be shared publicly. Click the button to continue.” 

Makarena: Do you feel a connection with faces onscreen? Kia ora tātou, ko Makarena Dalton tōku ingoa. He kaimahi au i Te Kaunihera o Tai Tokerau Ki Te Rak. Tōku patai - how can we better use digital technology to stay connected to our communities and each other? 

Matt: Kia ora, I’m Matt and I’m proud to be with the Kaikohe St John’s Ambulance. Do you feel safe in the Far North? If you hurt yourself, or had a medical emergency, would you have enough mobile reception to call 111? I would like to know - how can we use technology to make our district safer?

Elle: Kia ora, I’m Elle and I’m currently in lockdown doing my uni work from my home in the Hokianga. Thanks connectivity! My questions is – from the kai we grow and eat to the activity we do (or don’t do!) - how can we use technology to be healthier? 

Aaron: Kia ora Far North! My name is Aaron Alexander and I’m originally from the town of Kaikohe. These days I’m a video game designer and my question is how can we use technology to create awesome new jobs up there in the Far North? 

Rox: Kia oa to everyone in Te Tai Tokerau. My name’s Rox and work for the Far North District Libraries. You might know me from Robot Tuesdays, which is our after school club where we learn about computers, coding and robots. It’s pretty famous. I love learning new things and I love technology and I’d like to know – how do you think we can we use technology to level up and learn new skills?

Craig: Kia ora, I’m Craig and I’m passionate about caring for our environment. Pests, climate change, kauri dieback – our natural world has so many challenges right this minute. And my question for you - is how can we use technology to take better care of our environment?

Matt: Kia ora, I’m Matt and I’m the Graphic Designer at the Far North District Council. I use technology every day in my job and I was wondering - how we could all use digital tools to be more creative?

Suzanne:  Kia ora tātou! Ko Suz tōku ingoa. Tūturu ahau nō ngā tātai whakaheke o ngā iwi o Te Hiku o Te Ika. He mana tō te taonga tuku iho. Mei whakataeranga mā runga ipurangi, ka? 0whakaiti rānei tērā mana? Heoi anō ko taku pātai ko tēnei. Me pēhea tā tātou mahi matihiko hei whakanui i o tātou āhuaranga ahurea, me pēhea hoki tā tatou tiaki i ngā tikanga?

Hi everyone! My name is Suz and I descend from the tribes of Te Hiku o Te Ika. Intellectual property is so valuable. By sharing it online, do we reduce its intrinsic value? My question is - how do we use digital tools to both celebrate and protect our cultures?

Oak: Hello, I’m Oak and I live in Paihia. My question is - how can we use these [digital tools] to make life better for everybody?