Green Island residents could soon have access to free
wireless internet, thanks to a local business.
Wireless Internet Connections (Wic) and Wicked Networks owner
Stewart Fleming has offered to set up wireless internet hot
spots on Green Island's main street. These would give people
on the main street access to free wireless internet.
Wic office manager Debbe Berkett said Wic was currently
talking to Green Island business owners and building tenants
to see if they would be willing to have the hot spots on
Ideally, there would be three locations, one at each end of
the village area, and a radio unit at the highest central
point with access to power, she said.
''We're ready to go as soon as we have agreement.''
The installation would be free, and everyone who could detect
the signal would be able to get one hour of free internet per
The wireless connection would not be business speed but it
would not be capped, she said.
Wic had been based in Green Island for 10 years, and the free
internet offer was its way of contributing back to the
community, she said.
The free wireless is just one of many efforts aimed at
rejuvenating Green Island and the surrounding area.
The Greater Green Island Community Network has been selected
for the Department of Internal Affairs annual community
The project will receive $80,000 per year for three years.
Presbyterian Support Otago is the fund holder for the
Group spokeswoman Melanie McNatty said the first step was to
engage with the community and determine what needs there
Then it would be possible to build on the energy and good
ideas already in the community and get things done.
''It's a really good opportunity to look at how we work
together,'' she said.
Ideas included working around sustainability in the
community, strengthening community networks, hosting more
activities and events, improving playgrounds, better safety,
and creating a community garden, she said.
Some of the funds would also be used to employ a community