Earlier this year the Greymouth Star carried a story about how “Bruce Bay is about to become the first isolated settlement on the West Coast to get Broadband in a self-help joint project between WestREAP and local iwi, Te Runanga o Makaawhio.”

Laura Mills, who wrote the article, notes that the cost for broadband for local residents will drop from $500 a month for satellite broadband with capped data, to $40 a month for unlimited fast broadband. It is available to 54 households in a sparsely populated area stretching south from Fox Glacier.

The same scheme is to be extended to Haast and will also be repeated from Westland High School in Hokitika to the outlying townships of Awatuna and Arahura.

The article credits Cheryl Smearton and WestREAP staff who brought the Tokomaru Bay company Wifi Connect down to install the new broadband system. Internet NZ provided some funding.