Monday, November 18, 2019


Many people who spend their time in cities with occasional trips to popular places for relief, often  have little idea how much of NZ landscape is bereft of communications as they have evolved in the closing second decade of century 21.

We store our mobile home around five Kms from the northern end of CHC main runway. A site we used as a "Town House " during our time in Akaroa. It has zero access to the Spark network and is marginal for Vodafone.

We also have a site at a small camp just south of the two bridges that cross the Rakaia where it emerges from its gorge. That site has even more precarious phone links and our site has a luvly old Cabbage Tree,  'ti kouka',  that completely blocks the line-of-site to Optus. We regard that beautiful place a bit like those Indians with where-with-all who avoided the oppressive heat of crowded city life by moving into the foothills near the Himalayas. Abundant bird song overcomes most of the road noise and the ever changing river patterns make for a peace never revealed to the masses.

Much of Banks Peninsula - where ever-increasing numbers of Christchurch head to to find such peace  and/or recreation - has very patchy cellphone coverage, both along the inshore bays and across large tracts of the land.

These instances are a very small glimpse of a growing problem exacerbated by the continued decline of landline connections and an increasing move to replace ship-to-shore radio with cell phones.

Having home base in an area recently revealed as having amongst the highest uptake of fiber connection only reinforces the evolving problems in emergency response alerts at sea and on roads and lakes as a result of the increasing off-road activity provided by the great outdoors of this nation.

With having an "app" for everything that confronts society, is it time the 'telcos' responded with some serious efforts to increase the coverage as a societal response to what some might view as a necessary corporate obligation? Even to the point where a response to Climate evolvement has become a defining mantra as a key move for woke corporates, surely such moves to safety enhancement could be seen as a more productive endeavour.

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