The town of Hawke's Bay on the Northern Peninsula has finally received a high-speed internet connection.
Hawke's Bay Mayor Lloyd Bennett said his town had been lobbying for the high-speed internet connection of years. In the past few weeks, the town has been connected.
"We're doing our happy dance here," said Bennett.
Until the past month or so, Hawke's Bay residents had to rely on dial-up internet access, even though a high-speed internet line had been connected to neighbouring communities about two years ago.
But through a DSL connection to the nearby high-speed line, Bennett said everyone in Hawke's Bay now has access to faster internet.
Business owners, students happy
Bennett said business owners are especially glad to have the faster online service.
"One of the biggest issues that they have was that their debit and credit machines were on the old antiquated dial-up system," said Bennett. "It took a long time to process the sale when you went into the local garage or the local gas station, the local take-out."
Bennett said some business owners even considered leaving Hawke's Bay because of the lack of adequate internet access.
Bennett added the high-speed connection is also a welcome improvement for children who need to use the internet for their school work.
"Now they're able to be on an even playing field with children from other communities that for the last two years had an advantage, and they're able to do their assignments at home, online, using the high-speed internet."