Mangawhai is closer to becoming the New Zealand landing point for the Hawaiki Submarine Cable on its journey from the United States to Australia.
The $500 million, 15,000km cable will traverse the ocean from Oregon, United States, to Sydney, Australia, with landings in American Samoa and Hawaii — as well as Mangawhai Heads bringing improved internet speed and a significant capacity increase when it’s turned on in June 2018.
Work is underway at Bream Tail Farm where Hawaiki Submarine Cable NZ has been installing underground ducting in preparation for the arrival of the submarine fibre cable later this year.
Stretching from under the sand dunes north of the Mangawhai Surf Club inland via Bream Tail Farm, the two kilometres of underground pipes allow the submarine cable to connect to the land-based fibre network at their Cable Landing Station at Cove Road.
Site preparation works at the station began in June and virtually all the duct pipe has been installed using technology which allows the pipes to be installed with minimal disturbance to the surface.
Bream Tail Farm archaeologist Dianne Harlow and Shereen Worthington representing Te Uri o Hau made a pre-construction archaeological survey along the route in July, which identified nothing of interest and nothing has been found during construction works.
“We are very pleased with our Bream Tail Farm works progress. Completion of the duct route means we are ready for the submarine cable landing late this year which is a major milestone.
“The cable landing station construction is on target for installation of the specialised submarine cable terminal equipment in early 2018,” said Hawaiki’s NZ programme manager, Richard Howarth.
A special communications exhibition at the Mangawhai Museum tells the story of communication in the region from early settler days to submarine cables and the Hawaiki project in particular.