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Ngarimu and Thornton bays now included in the Ultra-Fast Broadband roll-out

16 October 2019

Ngarimu and Thornton bays on the Thames Coast now joins 14 other Coromandel communities in receiving the benefits of Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) via the Government’s fibre installation programme.

The inclusion of these two new communities is thanks to a partnership between Chorus, Crown Infrastructure Partners (CIP) and our Council.

“We’re so pleased to see this come to fruition. It’s a great outcome for these two communities,” says Thames-Coromandel Mayor Sandra Goudie. “This is a mutually beneficial, community-supported project, providing significant improvements in business confidence for many residents who are professionals working from home.”

In 2017 a petition by more than 200 hundred residents in Ngarimu and Thornton bays put out a plea to central government, CIP, Chorus and our Council, for their settlements to be included in the installation build. The fibre already runs along the Thames Coast Road (SH25), but in this area does not connect to the streets directly off the State Highway.

Since then we’ve been working on a mutually beneficial arrangement, with our Council co-contributing financially towards this infrastructure project, with support from Chorus and CIP, to fund the UFB extension into these communities.

The indicative build dates for Ngarimu and Thornton bays (covering approximately 200 properties:

  • 31 July 2020 – Build start date.
  • 30 November – 30 December 2020 – Testing.
  • 31 December 2020 – Build complete.

The process to get another area that’s not included into the already planned deployment programme does take some time. This is because a number of amendments to current contracts need to be negotiated between Chorus and CIP, along with related build contracts, consents and planning the logistics of adding an additional area into the scheduled work programme.

Inclusion in UFB2 means Chorus will add Ngarimu Bay into the existing programme and the residents can expect the roll out to be similar to nearby Te Puru which has been completed.  Chorus and its build partner have already carried out the design. The next step is to seek all the necessary consent prior to build starting mid-2020.

(Site map)

What sites within Ngarimu and Thornton Bays will be included in the build?

The site map above shows all the premises within the Ngarimu/Thornton Bay UFB boundary, which will be passed by fibre, whether they are developed or undeveloped. The developed parcels, i.e., land parcels with dwellings, will receive standard installation. The criteria to be part of the build includes:

  • The land is developed, i.e., it has to have at least one dwelling on the land at the time of the fibre rollout.
  • The land parcel has to be classified as “urban” and by urban we mean road frontage of less than 25 metres.
  • Consideration of the Cost Per Premises Passed, (CPPP). This generally means that the Premises selected have a CPPP that is consistent with the current UFB2 CIP subsidy with minimal additional community subsidy required.  As the Premises size gets larger, e.g., rural, then the CPPP gets larger and the amount of subsidy required gets larger.
  • Undeveloped land that becomes future greenfields will also benefit. Greenfields developments that are built and connected after the UFB build is complete are charged to connect.

As in any UFB rollout, there will be always be premises outside the UFB boundary; and, there will be questions as to why their properties have not been included in the UFB programme. The UFB Programme is a national initiative and in order to consistent and fair, the same rules have to be applied across Candidate Areas. Any further extensions can be considered but would be subject to agreement with CIP and may require additional contribution from the land owner or council.

The latest schedule of UFB roll-out for the Coromandel
Here’s the latest schedule of UFB rollout for our communities:

  • Thames - COMPLETE
  • Te Puru - COMPLETE
  • Hahei – 2nd half of 2019
  • Coromandel – 1st half of 2020
  • Kuaotunu – 1st half of 2020
  • Matatoki -1st half of 2020
  • Tapu - 1st half of 2020
  • Waiomu - 1st half of 2020
  • Whangapoua - 1st half of 2020
  • Matarangi – 2nd half of 2020
  • Whitianga – 2nd half of 2020
  • Ferry Landing/Cooks Beach – 1st half of 2021
  • Whangamata – 2nd half of 2021
  • Tairua-Pauanui – 1st half of 2022

If you are a community that is currently not included in the build schedule and would like to investigate options to see if this can happen – get in touch with our Economic Development team to have a chat. Email

If you live in a community already scheduled for fibre installation, Chorus will be in touch with you about the progress of the build and connecting the fibre to your property once it’s ready.

About the UFB programme

Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) is one of the biggest infrastructure projects ever undertaken in New Zealand, with the deployment of fibre to over 400 towns and cities is a significant nationwide undertaking, from Kaitaia in the far north, to Bluff in the far south.
With 110 towns and cities already complete, the entire UFB programme will be complete by 2022.

On completion of the UFB programme, over 1.8 million homes and businesses will have access to the UFB network. CIP entered into contracts to deploy the UFB Programme with Chorus, Ultrafast Fibre, Northpower and Enable Services Limited (ESL)

The overall UFB programme nationally is 85% complete, and on completion New Zealand should be in the top five countries in the OECD for fibre availability. Uptake of broadband is strong, at 52% of the population connected under the UFB programme.