Summary of the day - Rural Connectivity Symposium April 2016

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April 2016, Rural Connectivity Symposium, Wellington - Presentations and Questions

These presentations and answers to questions are provided here for the use of TUANZ, RHAANZ and NZ Young Farmers members and attendees of the 2016 Rural Connectivity Symposium held in Wellington on the 28th April 2016. 

Ministerial Opening by the Minister for Primary Industries, Hon Nathan Guy

Going further and faster for rural New Zealand, Russell Stanners, CEO, Vodafone NZ - PRESENTATION

State of the Sector: Economic Outlook, Nathan Penny, Rural Economist, ASB - PRESENTATION

What was the output of 2015 Symposium? Craig Young & Dr Jo Scott-Jones - PRESENTATION (CRAIG) , PRESENTATION (DR JO)

Trialling companion robots for patients in rural homes, Dr Elizabeth Broadbent, University of Auckland

Panel Session with Andy Derleth from Wireless Nation as Chair.  

Panelists were: 
Murray Milner, Chair Health IT Board - PRESENTATION
Kyle Ford, WellSouth PHO and  - PRESENTATION
Mark Eager, Mobile Health

Updates on Telehealth (Via Video-conference), Dr John Garrett, Chair Telehealth Forum

Attracting young people to rural NZ, Dan Shand, Farmer and Nuffield Scholar - PRESENTATION

Panel Session with Andrew Cushen from InternetNZ as Chair.  

Panelists were:  
Cole Groves, Former Aucklander farming in South Canterbury
Martin Sharrock, Head of Network Technology, Chorus and
Vanessa Mohi-Goodchild, Trustee, Web Access Waikato

Case Study: Plunket programme, Lois van Waardenberg, CIO, Plunket NZ

Innovations in Rural Business Support, Collier Isaacs, CEO, FarmIQ - PRESENTATION

Panel Session with David Walker from Spark Digital as Chair.  

Panelists were: 
Dr Jo Scott-Jones, GP, Opotiki,  
Julia Jones, KPMG and - PRESENTATION
Chris Roberts, - PRESENTATION

November 2015 Bringing Rural Closer Hamilton - Presentations

These presentations are provided here for the use of TUANZ and RHAANZ members and attendees at the Bringing Rural Closer event held in Hamilton on Thursday 19th November 2015.

KPMG's Agribusiness Agenda & why rural connectivity is a top priority for the whole country - Ian Proudfoot, KPMG

How are farmers using their broadband? - Sophie Stanley,

Going wireless in the Waikato - Caitlin Metz, Vodafone

What about the option of fibre, and why farmers should give lines company's rights to access lines? - Graham Dawson, NorthPower

Latest development in satellite broadband services - Jason Sommerville, Wireless Nation

2015 Draft Submission to MBIE re RBI2 and Mobile Blackspots

Arising out of the feedback from the Rural Connectivity Symposium, we have drafted a Submission in regards to the current ROI process for RBI2 and the Mobile Blackspots programme.  This is due to be submitted on Friday 3rd July, but in the meantime we are seeking feedback from members on the draft.  The document can be downloaded from the link below and comments sent to Craig Young, CEO at by Wednesday 1st July.


2015 Rural Connectivity Symposium - Presentations

These presentations are provided here for the use of TUANZ and RHAANZ members and attendees of the 2015 Rural Connectivity Symposium held in Wellington on the 28th May 2015. Links are also available to YouTube videos of presentations as available.

Welcome by Chair  - Craig Young, CEO / TUANZ

Premier Sponsor Speech  - Bill Smale, MD, Wireless Nation

Government Briefing : Minister for Communications, Hon Amy Adams VIDEO

Importance of the Sector and connectivity - Con Williams, Rural Economist, ANZ Bank

What is happening in the Health sector - Dr John Garrett, Chair, Telehealth Forum

Report on Hills, Holes and Poles - Andrew Cushen, Programme Director, InternetNZ

What do we know about Demand - Rosalie Nelson, Manager Market Strategy and Insight, CHORUS

Connecting Rural Business and Communities - Steve Rieger, Wholesale Director, Vodafone 

Welcome back by Chair - Michelle Thompson, CE, RHAANZ

Options in Rural Broadband - Jason Scott, Broadband Product Manager, TeamTalk Group

Where is the future of mobile - David Redmore, Head of Mobility,  SPARK New Zealand

Is Satellite a goer? - Tom Linn, Technical Director, WirelessNation, and Paul Sheridan, Optus