Terms of reference have been agreed for Nga Pu Waea, the Maori broadband working group.
The Government, Nga Pu Waea, Telecom and Vodafone – the major contractors for the Rural Broadband Initiative – have all signed off on a framework for maximising opportunities for Maori from the roll-out of high-speed broadband. The terms of reference set out the roles and responsibilities of the various parties.
Maori Affairs minister Pita Sharples says Nga Pu Waea has developed an annual work plan and budget to maximise the ability of Maori to connect to broadband and to make it affordable so they are encouraged to use it.
Nga Pu Waea will appoint two members to the Rural Broadband Initiative National Advisory Committee to be established by the contractors. The Maori working group can also recommend to ministers the appointment of members to other bodies “as appropriate”.
The terms of reference will be reviewed by Te Puni Kokiri and the Ministry of Economic Development, in conjunction with Nga Pu Waea and the RBI and UFB providers, after two years of operation – as soon as possible after July 1, 2013.
Nga Pu Waea will have a maximum of seven members, each of whom will be appointed for three years.
Maori Affairs will fund the work of Nga Pu Waea, whose members will be remunerated according to the Fees Framework for Members Appointed to Bodies in which the Crown has an Interest.
The initial working budget was to have been provided to the minister for confirmation by July 30 last.