Visit by the Australian National Broadband Network Committee
A parliamentary delegation from the Australian National Broadband Network Committee is visiting Parliament from Monday 24 to Friday 28 September. The visit is part of an annual exchange of select committees between the New Zealand and Australian Parliaments.
The delegation is led by Mr Robert Oakeshott MP, and is interested in examining the rollout of broadband in New Zealand and how we can learn from each other’s experiences. Both countries are currently undertaking upgrades to their broadband infrastructure and have faced similar challenges.
The committee is hoping to learn about the mix of technologies being used in New Zealand, the practical experience of the rollout, the experience of the structural separation of Telecom New Zealand into two entities and the impact on rural and regional New Zealand communities.
The delegation will meet with Crown Fibre Holdings Ltd and Vodafone New Zealand in Auckland. In Wellington they will call on Chorus, the Commerce Commission, the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment in Wellington. They will also meet with Dr the Rt Hon Lockwood Smith, Speaker of the House of Representatives; Hon David Cunliffe, Labour spokesperson for economic development; Hon Amy Adams, Minister for Communications and Information Technology and Hon Craig Foss, Minister of Commerce and Minister of Broadcasting.