Initiative for Better Internet Access - Sign Up Now!

Three local community associations – the Mapua & District Community Association, the Moutere Hills Residents Association and the Tasman Area Community Association – are working together with the Mapua & District Business Association to gather information about residents' need for broadband service in our area.

The aim of this initiative is to collectively make a case for improved internet service to the residents and businesses in our region.

If you are interested in getting better internet service, follow the links below.

Sign up by completing the online survey for the initiative:

See the map showing how many residents have signed up so far:

For information on the history of the initiative read the Coastal News article:

If you have any further questions you can email John Fountain at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or the MHRA at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

TDC Moves To Next Stage with Broadband Funding Application

The Tasman District Council has submitted the district’s Digital Enablement Plan in the second part of a two-stage application process to the funding announced by the Government to enable extension of ultra fast broadband, rural broadband and mobile blackspot coverage.

“It will be a few months before anyone finds out which regions benefit will from the Government’s investment. Regardless of outcome, as a community we're getting on with creating a digital future.”

Read the full TDC news item here.

Read more about the funding application.

Visit the website (this includes a copy of the Digital Enablement Plan)


AGM 2015 - Minutes

It was a busy night at the Moutere Inn on Tuesday as all three councillors for the Moutere-Waimea ward (T Norriss, B Ensor and T King) as well as Mayor Kempthorne met with association members and visitors (both local and from neighbouring community associations) for our Annual General Meeting.

We discussed speed limits on local roads, water supply, the walkway project, and prospects for trying to bring better internet connections to the area. You can read the full minutes of the meeting here.

Thanks again to all members and visitors for attending!

TDC Considering Additional Signs for Gravel Roads

As part of addressing concerns about hazards and inconvenience created by vehicles going fast on local gravel roads, council is considering the use of two existing signs, the "open road speed limit sign" in combination with supplementary gravel road signs (similar to the advisory shown below) on gravel roads.

The key purpose of the "open road" sign is to remind drivers to "drive to the conditions" - as is always required.

Moutere Valley gravel roads were part of this year's review.

Read more in the Speed Limit Bylaw Review documents on the council website and the minutes of this year's AGM.

Do You Want Better Internet Access?

Do you want better internet access? Are you unhappy with the speed (or even availability) of rural broadband at your property? Then let us know, so we can try to improve the situation.

But to act, we need numbers. We need to know how many residents in the area want a better connection. We need to know what type of connection you are currently on, and what speeds you are getting. And whether you would be happy to pay more for a higher-grade plan if that would mean a better connection.

To begin, let's start by finding out what sort of service you should be getting.

Chorus has a very nice Broadband Capability Map - simply enter your address, then click on 'Broadband' to the left, and then the colour of the map should tell you what service should be in range of your property.

Are you out of any broadband coverage? Or do you have broadband but it is slower than it should be?

Come to our AGM on Tuesday 22nd September, 7 pm, at the Moutere Inn (the pub) and tell us where you are located and what sort of connection you currently have.

We will discuss how we can best address the situation and if we can join forces with the initiative in Mapua who are trying to achieve the same goal.

If you can't come to the meeting, simply This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. us your details and we will be in touch with you.