Sometimes people forget that Rimutaka is not just an urban electorate. Large parts of the electorate are rural - and they know that rural broadband is a game changer. It changes the way rural firms do business, the way our kids learn, and the way our health services deliver to us as patients.
Today National announced that if re-elected, we will invest an extra $150 million over three years to enhance and extend rural broadband.
Our existing investment of $300 million in rural broadband is already making a huge difference, and will result in over 250,000 households and businesses in the regions having access to faster broadband.
But National wants to see more homes and businesses benefit. Our plan will help communities enhance their connectivity with new technology, as well as extend mobile coverage in remote parts of New Zealand.
We want New Zealanders to have access to the best technology as they compete on the world stage.