Ahuroa School – Teacher Aide position

Ahuroa School is looking for a warm, kind, friendly teacher aide. The position is for 17.5 hours per week, working 5 days. Starting Term 3, 24 July, 2017.

If you are interested in joining our fabulous school as a carer of our future, please email your CV and an application letter to principal@ahuroa.school.nz

Visits are welcomed. For more information please contact Michelle Nell, principal@ahuroa.school.nz

Stratanet’s old vs new pricing plans – July 2017

There appears to be a bit of confusion out there about how Stratanet’s pricing plans are being changed for the new release of July’s higher network speeds. Here it all is, laid out in a table for you all to plainly see:

Old Plan Old Data Old Speed Old Monthly   New Plan New Data New Speed New Monthly
Rural Micro 10GB 1.5Mb/s $46
Rural Micro + 5GB 6Mb/s $69
Rural Micro Max 10GB 6Mb/s $74.75   Turbo 10 10GB 6Mb/s $50
Nitro 10 10GB 10Mb/s $70
Rural Mini 30GB 3Mb/s $80.5
Rural Mini + 30GB 6Mb/s $90.85   Turbo 30 30GB 6Mb/s $70
Nitro 30 30GB 10Mb/s $80
Ultra 30 30GB 30Mb/s $90
Rural Turbo 40GB 6Mb/s $103.5
Rural Turbo + 50GB 6Mb/s $113.85
Nitro 50 50GB 10Mb/s $90
Ultra 50 50GB 30Mb/s $100
Rural Turbo Max 60GB 6Mb/s $138
Nitro 100 100GB 10Mb/s $110
Ultra 100 100GB 30Mb/s $120
Rural Turbo Unlimited Unlimited GB 6Mb/s $172.5
Nitro Max Unlimited GB 10Mb/s $150
Ultra Max Unlimited GB 30Mb/s $200

The plans shown in italics are the like for like replacements – which as you can see, all drop directly in cost.

Other options within those bands are for higher speeds with the same data allowance, and all come *within* the previous costings.

Every single plan which is being offered is *better value* than their older plan options. You get more data, and/or more speed for less money.

StrataNet to Revise Internet Plans in Ahuroa

As many of your will know, StrataNet is an active internet service provider in the Ahuroa area, and has been for a number of years. Prior to us being there, the only alternative was dial-up speeds on the copper network – which was a frustration for the local residents. Many of you have been in the area for quite some time and may well remember this, and when we first started providing our services to the Ahuroa region.

Back then, we brought speeds of 3-6 Mb/s, which for the time was considered to be very fast for a rural area. However, times change and we all know that by today’s standards this may not suffice for busy households where families are streaming video, downloading, making calls etc – all at the same time. This is why we’ve been working extremely hard over the last year to upgrade our infrastructure to support faster speeds in the area. This is a very time consuming  and costly process which has not been easy – we were expecting to roll out faster plans at the start of this year, but that turned out to be a little too optimistic.

It comes with great excitement to announce that we are now completing the final steps to provide faster speeds to the area – and by the end of July we will be able to offer 30 Mb/s plans to the Ahuroa region. This is five times what we currently have on offer! We’ve had a couple of people testing these plans since mid-last week, and we’ve been very happy with the results.

The difficulty has come in trying to keep our pricing competitive, and this is not easy as we have zero government or external funding – all the while trying to remain community focused. We’ve put a great deal of thought into our new plans, and we’ve come up a pricing structure that we hope can suit everyone. As of finalising the plans last week, we’re now ready to publicly announce these. While they are not available just yet, we decided we’d like to share what we will have on offer come late July:

Plan – Data (GB), Speed up to (download) – Price (monthly)

  • Turbo 10 – 10GB, 6Mb/s – $50
  • Turbo 30 – 30GB, 6Mb/s – $70
  • Nitro 10 – 10GB, 10Mb/s – $70
  • Nitro 30 – 30GB, 10Mb/s – $80
  • Nitro 50 – 50GB, 10Mb/s – $90
  • Nitro 100 – 100GB, 10Mb/s – $110
  • Nitro Max – Unlimited GB, 10Mb/s – $150
  • Ultra 30 – 30GB, 30Mb/s – $90
  • Ultra 50 – 50GB, 30Mb/s – $100
  • Ultra 100 – 100GB, 30Mb/s – $120
  • Ultra Max – Unlimited GB, 30Mb/s – $200

Prices listed above are inclusive of GST.

We will be removing our older 3 Mb/s and 1.5 Mb/s plans, with of course the new offer of 30 Mb/s. If you’re happy with your current plan and would like to keep it, then that won’t be a problem either.

We hope that this information comes as good news to you, and if you are not already a StrataNet customer then we’d love to chat with you to see if we can get service to your home. So feel free to give us a call on 0800 030 004, or email us at internet@stratanet.co.nz with your home address and some basic contact details.

Kind regards,

The team at StrataNet.


Edit: here’s a nicely laid out comparison between old and new plans for those who were getting confused online saying that they’re charging more?…
http://www.ahuroa.nz/2017/06/21/stratanet-old-vs-new-pricing-plans-july-2017/

Recent community meeting @ Makarau Hall, opposing new Shooting Club on Tuhirangi Rd.

Simon Wilson, a journalist from The Spinoff attended the community meeting held in Makarau Hall this last Sunday and has provided this well balanced and informative write-up on the meeting.

Guns vs roses: the new battle of the Kaipara

Click here to access the article

There is a growing amount of local concern in the shooting club as it nears their opening date of the 1st July. The newly formed club is situated at the top of Tuhirangi Road, which is just under 600m from the closest section of Martin Access Rd and also in close proximity to properties on Makarau Road too. – It is obviously closest to neighbouring properties on Tuhirangi Road.

A local group “Keep the Peace in Makarau Valley Inc” has been established to coordinate a community effort in opposition to the development and operation of the club and have been fighting the issuance of a ‘Certificate of Compliance’ which was granted by the Auckland Regional Council last year. shootingclubaction@gmail.com – this is their email address if you would like to request further information from them.

The club, and opposition to it also featured recently on a TV2 show called Gutsfull – which is available on demand here:  https://www.tvnz.co.nz/shows/gutsful/episodes/s2016/e8-6528484

The club has publicly stated; they aim to build a significant development with over 30+ ranges; including a 300m high powered rifle range, two other rifle ranges, and shotgun shooting facilities, operating 7 days a week, they currently intend to open to their members on the 1st July, with a formal opening, featuring MP, Paula Bennett on the 7th July.