Aotearoa People's Network

Welcome, Western Bay of Plenty!

It was with no small measure of excitement that we welcomed the libraries of Western Bay of Plenty District to the APNK family last week. This was our first library install since Taupō Public Libraries in December 2011 and we're pleased to say that everything went smoothly.

There are four libraries that service the Western Bay of Plenty District; Waihi Beach, Katikati, Omokoroa and Te Puke, and all four now have free APNK PCs and wifi hotspots in place. In addition Te Puke and Katikati libraries have a GO-GO PC reservation system in place to help manage demand for what everyone expects will be a very popular service.

Prior to their APNK installation last week, Western Bay of Plenty libraries only had a pay internet service available to customers and did not offer wifi.

Keiran, who made the trip north to install all the equipment, reports that library staff could already see the opportunities free library internet could provide, as the area has many new migrants who need the internet to access and download forms and to interact with government departments. It's not hard to see that the free APNK service will really be meeting a need that exists in those communities...which is what it's all about.

So welcome to the world of free public internet, Western Bay of Plenty. As we can see from the photos below, it looks good on you.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

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