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The cable has landed!

Posted on February 14, 2018

Hawaiki is just the beginning.

Dr David Wilson — Chief Executive Officer, Northland Inc

The head of Northland's economic development agency and the Chair of Northland Regional Council say the Hawaiki international submarine cable which landed at Mangawhai Heads on Tuesday February 13 is a keystone in Northland’s future economic development.

Northland Inc chief executive Dr David Wilson said bringing the cable from ship to shore was a significant step towards global digital connectivity and will bring greater digital diversity, capacity and security to New Zealand than ever before.

The Hawaiki cable project is a headline project on the Tai Tokerau Northland Economic Action Plan, which brings into focus a group of projects that together are contributing to the transformation of Northland’s economy.

“Just over a year ago we were at the sod-turning ceremony for the landing station, today the cable was brought from ship to shore and in June it will be switched on, ultimately doubling New Zealand’s international communications capacity," said Dr Wilson.

The cable has landed.
The cable has landed.

Northland Regional Council Chairman Bill Shepherd said both the council and Northland Inc have been long-term, committed backers of the ambitious cable project over the past several years and with today’s launch, the faith both had shown in the venture on the region’s behalf was being repaid.

“Improving Northland’s economic performance is a key council goal and in that regard, this launch is a significant win for both the Whangarei District and the wider Northland region.

Chairman Shepherd said the cable initiative is a great example of how wider regional economic performance can potentially be boosted through the careful use of relatively small amounts of public money, in this case through council’s investment in Northland Inc.

“The regional council, Northland Inc and the other key players involved in this exciting project believe it will generate significant flow on benefits for Northland in having increased diversity in its connections to the rest of the world.”

With the cable ship CS Responder in the background it's a proud day for (from left): Ludovic Hutier (Hawaiki Cable Ltd.); Jude Thompson, Vaughan Cooper and David Wilson (Northland Inc); Northland Regional Councillor Rick Stolwerk, Coastal South) and Richard Howarth (Hawaiki Cable Ltd.)
With the cable ship CS Responder in the background it's a proud day for (from left): Ludovic Hutier (Hawaiki Cable Ltd.); Jude Thompson, Vaughan Cooper and David Wilson (Northland Inc); Northland Regional Councillor Rick Stolwerk, Coastal South) and Richard Howarth (Hawaiki Cable Ltd.)

Dr Wilson said Northland was well poised to become a leader in the digital and technology space.

“Hawaiki is just the beginning; there is still plenty of work to be done in connecting Northland, supporting our rangatahi to be digitally savvy and innovative, and gearing up our businesses and workforce to realise the opportunities in front of us in readiness for an advanced digital future. We look forward to continuing the solid relationship we have built with Hawaiki and utilising their expertise in helping Northland to go digital, and go global.”

The 15,000 km cable links New Zealand to Australia, Hawaii and mainland United States, with landing stations at Mangawhai Heads and American Samoa.  The cable will be switched on in June, and will ultimately double New Zealand’s international communications capacity.