Wireless connections coming to more schools in Tamaki

Tamaki Electorate
Friday, November 7, 2014

The Member of Parliament for Tamaki, Simon O’Connor, welcomes the Ministry of Education’s $5.4 million funding announcement to enable upgrades to improve wireless connectivity for schools, including nine in Tamaki.

“This substantial boost is great news for staff and students here in Tamaki who are going to benefit from this technology,” says Mr O’Connor.

“When I’m out visiting schools I often hear how eager the teaching staff and students are to be more mobile with their devices while at school. Evidence suggests that widespread and mobile access to the internet opens up new and exciting opportunities for students. We all recognise how tech savvy young people are.  They are ready to embrace all that these technologies have to offer.”

Local schools set to gain wireless connectivity are being contacted by the Ministry to offer them access to the upgrade. The schools include: Glen Innes School, Glen Taylor School, Glenbrae Primary School, Orakei School, Pt England School, St Pius X Catholic School, Tamaki College, Tamaki School and Te KKM o Puau Te Moananui-a-Kiwa.

Last year the Government announced that any school receiving school network upgrades (SNUP) in the future would automatically receive wireless upgrades. This is in addition to ensuring that more students have access within schools.

This wireless upgrade will run alongside SNUP with the Government having already invested more than $700 million on infrastructure and fast connections for schools.

“By investing in infrastructure projects such as the School Network Upgrade Project the Government is delivering 21st Century learning environments that feature flexible, modern and inspiring learning spaces.”

The upgrade will be undertaken over two years and is expected to be complete by 2017, with the workload balanced across that time.