Statement: Ministry of Economic Development
This statement was provided to BAM in response to our request to talk to bidders. We have asked that this statement also be posted to the MED website.
MED Project Leader
17 January 2011
The Ministry of Economic Development is committed to Maori engagement in the process of the rural broadband roll-out. It is in everyone’s interest to have Maori involvement in network planning, investment, land-use and environmental issues, and other aspects of the roll-out that arise. The Ministry, and the government, is also aware that there will be significant economic development and other benefits for Maori from the use of improved broadband.The successful RBI partner will be required to engage with Maori groups and organisations on the roll-out plans. We expect this engagement to start shortly after the successful bidder is selected. The Ministry intends to play a facilitative role in this engagement process, ensuring that there are full and open discussions about the role Maori wish to play in the roll-out.At present, the process of selecting a partner is still underway. This is a commercially sensitive process, and it is not appropriate for MED or the bidders to comment on it publically at this stage. MED welcomes views on the most effective ways to engage with Maori groups, or on what interests and aspirations Maori have in relation to the RBI. The Ministry looks forward to an open and fruitful dialogue between Maori, the successful partner, and the Ministry over the coming years of the roll-out project.