Out of curiosity, I decided to Google for any news articles regarding unbundling the local loop. To my horror, it's almost been three years since this was headline news (http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/18969). I've also noted that Vodafone don't have the Red Network map any more, but instead you get the opportunity to check your address (http://www.vodafone.co.nz/broadband/) to see if it falls within the "Red zone".
I'm a Dunedin resident and my (isolated) download rate is between 3.75 mb/s to 4mb/s. My ping is also around 160ms for Auckland and around 80ms for the rest of the country (tests done via Speedtest.net).
Does anybody (with an ear to the grape vine!) know when Dunedin exchanges/cabinets will be unbundled? Part of my motivation for asking this is the Fibre to the Door advertisement on TV (http://www.fibretothedoor.co.nz/). It's nice that any improvement to the infrastructure for Auckland will have a follow on affect for the rest of the country (e.g. ping). I realise that whilst living in Dunedin, part of my data will arrive via carrier pigeon or pack animal, but how far away will any upgrade be?