Good news! New funding to cover Southern Bay of Plenty/Southern Waikato areas

24 February 2022

As part of the government's Rural Capacity Upgrade initiative, we have contracted with Crown Infrastructure Partners to carry out new and upgrade work in the Southern Bay of Plenty/Southern Waikato areas.

Read Minister Clark's announcement from yesterday

Tairawhiti internet firms working for the Govt... and rugby fans

11 March 2019

"A pair of East Coast internet providers are playing key roles in the Government’s broadband roll-out, showing size and location are no barriers to success — while also ensuring isolated rural communities do not miss out on the new way the Rugby World Cup will be delivered to fans in September." - by Andrew Ashton


Image of WiFiConnect Director, Ivan Lomax, next to a WiFi repeater in Tokomaru Bay

At WiFi Connect Its All About The Kids

4 March 2019

Ernie Newman from Wispa NZ met with us recently to profile WiFi Connect, and the work we have done.

Checkout the article on WISPA providers.

Ivan Lomax at Tolaga Bay school

Announcement: WiFi Connect have secured Government funding

19 December 2018

WiFi Connect Ltd is proud to announce we have been successful in securing funding from the Government to extend our Networks in the Eastern Bay of Plenty and in South Westland.

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Where the big networks just don't reach

3 April 2018

WiFi Connect is one of many small operators providing wireless internet in rural areas.

"Fast broadband, just like what the townies have."

Checkout the Seven Sharp clip on WISPA providers.

Seven Sharp - NZ’s most remote residents connected by pioneer mini web providers

What does it look like, getting our rural communities online?

16 October 2017

Our guys have been working hard down south deploying new repeaters on Mt French overlooking Greymouth and Hokitika districts and also at the top of Big Paddock Rd overlooking Arahura, Hokitika and through to Ross.

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The chopper in action

Rolling out self-help wifi project

22 March 2017

A DIY broadband initiative set up in Bruce Bay to tap into unused fibre optic signal from schools, is now being rolled out in Hokitika.

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Cheryl Smeaton (WestREAP) and Ivan Lomax (Wifi Connect Ltd)

WiFiConnect features in the Greymouth Star

28 January 2017

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TUANZ Newsletter: Where's Minginui you say?

16 August 2016

We are hugely supportive of the RBI programme that delivered fibre to the vast majority of schools in rural New Zealand.

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Ivan Lomax - Bridging the Digital Divide

8 November 2015

Ivan Lomax is a co-founder and director of Wifi Connect, the start-up ISP aiming to provide internet service to eastern Bay of Plenty where one in three families lack access to the internet.

Listen to the interview by Radio New Zealand

Affordable internet is rolled out to homes on the East Coast

26 October 2015

Unlimited broadband as cheap as chips in rural areas? Impossible right? No.

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School hooks up neighbours with UFB

10 September 2015

An isolated kura on the East Coast of the North Island is to share its ultra-fast broadband with the community at a reduced cost, as part of the government's drive to improve broadband internet access.

Read the article by Radio New Zealand

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