Permanent Cell site coming to Haast

News from the Rural Connectivity Group

21 June 2021

The Rural Connectivity Group (RCG) will soon start build on our permanent cell site in the Haast township to deliver 4G wireless broadband and voice calling services to the Haast community.

The new site, funded under the Government’s Rural Broadband Initiative Phase 2 programme (RBI2), will sit in almost the same spot as our temporary facility, on Council land off Mark Road, with work due to start in mid-July.  The site will be made live in line with the Chorus fibre rollout estimated for Spring 2021.

The Haast site joins eight sites already live in the Westland District located at Tatare, Ruatapu, Lake Wahapo, Okarito Lagoon, Pukekura, Kokatahi, Fox West, and Karangarua.

“We know our work across rural New Zealand is making a huge difference to communities that need the services our infrastructure delivers, and now more than ever, as we see more and more kiwi’s working, schooling, and running businesses from home.  The feedback we have received is overwhelming as communities’ benefit from being able to connect to fast wireless broadband and reliable mobile service.” says RCG CEO, John Proctor.

The temporary site delivering 3G service in Haast will remain live until services are transferred to the permanent site when it is live in Spring 2021.

The Rural Connectivity Group will keep you updated about our build start date of the permanent site in Haast as well as the livening of the other RCG sites in the Westland area.

To find out more about our build programme or RCG visit: or contact Gill Evans Community Engagement Manager on or 021 240 6507.

Photo Credit: Fox Cell Tower – Regional Connectivity Group

News from the Rural Connectivity Group