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Free Wifi at the Hospital! MoreFM talks with Matt Harrison from PrimoWireless

Ken and Anna from MoreFM Taranaki 93.2, interview Owner/Director of PrimoWireless, Matthew Harrison about providing free wifi to the New Plymouth Base Hospital and Hawera Hospital.

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Local entrepreneur donates wifi to hospital - Radio Interview

Taranaki Base Hospital now has free wifi thanks to PrimoWireless founder Matthew Harrison.

He was sick in hospital and found he had chewed through a lot of data and thought about how to help other patients stay connected.

Harrison told Larry Williams a lot of DHBs have got wifi which they pay for themselves.




Patient gifts free wi-fi to hospitals after chewing through $3000 of data while sick

Getting online while in one regional hospital will now be free thanks to the founder of an internet service provider who knows what it's like to be a patient.

PrimoWireless managing director Matthew Harrison has connected Taranaki Base and Hāwera Hospitals to wifi inspired by his own personal experience of chewing through data during recovery from illness.

While he was being diagnosed with a debilitating bowel disease, Harrison spent the majority of his days at Taranaki Base Hospital...

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Wi-finding a way to better internet

Teens in Taranaki have been investigating how a wifi network is created and how to set up one that is as good as – and sometimes better than – those installed by professionals.

Year 12 and 13 students at New Plymouth Girls’ High School and New Plymouth Boys’ High School have been learning the science and technology behind what makes a good wifi network, and how to avoid ‘blind spots’ where signal is poor or non-existent.

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Source: Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, NZ. Curious Minds



Penguin Cam live streaming from little blue penguin burrow

A  'Penguin Cam' along the Taranaki coastline is now sharing the hidden life of the world's smallest penguin with the world.

An infrared camera has been set up in a little blue penguin burrow at Ngāmotu Beach in New Plymouth and turned, with the action being live streamed online via the Taranaki Mounga project website.


The wireless internet connection has been provided by Primowireless.

"Penguin Cam is a great way of using technology for environmental education.  A lot of Taranaki locals probably don't even realise we have penguins on our back doorstep and now the public can follow their progress from home or the office," Primowireless' Kelly Ellis said.

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PrimoWireless wins tender to connect rural Taranaki and grant for Whangamomona

Some of the most remote homes and businesses in Taranaki will soon have access to the fastest internet available - wireless broadband.

Internet service provider PrimoWireless has been named the Wireless Internet Service Provider for the region after winning a bid for the Government's second phase of the Rural Broadband Initiative (RBI) - a $150 million package to pay for connecting rural areas to the internet.

Matthew Harrison, PrimoWireless managing director, said the RBI funding would mean another 300 people in North Taranaki, including Tarata, Tongaporutu and Ahititi, could be be connected to the internet by mid 2020.

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