Kura connects community
A kura in one of the most remote parts of the country has proved to be the mouse that roared by connecting not only itself to the internet, but also its entire surrounding community.
Te Kura Toitu o Te Whaiti-nui-a-Toi, which sits in the hills near Murupara in the Bay of Plenty, is now a digital hub using ultra-fast broadband (UFB) and its students can study at home and do their homework online.
The area's 400 inhabitants had never had any telecom or internet access, so the kura organised the building of three towers to connect the remote homes and valleys in the Urewera hinterland.
The school’s board led the move, taking up the opportunity offered by the Government to encourage access to UFB in schools across the country. Once the planning was complete, it took only four days to have the three-metre towers put up by internet service provider WiFi Connect, based in Tolaga Bay, in 2016. But the transformation was immediate for the community.
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