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From Spark and Vodafone:



Spark and Vodafone have today announced the establishment of Hourua – a new joint venture that will provide priority cellular services to the Public Safety Network, which is being established by Next Generation Critical Communications, Poutama Whai Tikanga Pāpāho.


The Public Safety Network is the new communications service that will be used by New Zealand's frontline emergency responders, including Fire and Emergency New Zealand, Police, St John, and Wellington Free Ambulance.


Chris Hipkins, Minister of Police, says, “This infrastructure investment is significant and is what New Zealand’s frontline workers deserve. It will help keep them and the public safe by giving them reliable and secure coverage in urban, state highway and rural areas.


“New Zealand’s emergency services have done an incredible job in often very challenging circumstances. The new network will give them a modern network to replace a critical communications system that’s getting past its best.”  


The name Hourua can be translated as a double waka and has been chosen to represent Spark and Vodafone binding or lashing their wakas together – joining capabilities to deliver this critical service to New Zealanders. By bringing together new capabilities across their two respective mobile networks, Hourua will allow emergency services teams to roam across the Spark and Vodafone mobile networks, to improve redundancy in the event of network impacts.  


Communications over the Public Safety Network will be highly secure and highly resilient – emergency communications will take priority over other mobile users when networks are congested or degraded, through the use of LTE Quality of Service, Priority and Pre-emption (QPP) network features. This will ensure that emergency responders are able to keep in touch on the phone as well as using apps that are required to deliver their roles effectively.


Priority cellular services will complement a new digital Land Mobile Radio network as the other key element of the Public Safety Network, which is being delivered by another vendor.


Mark Beder, Chief Operating Officer for Spark New Zealand, explains, “In a moment of crisis, we all want to know that our emergency responders are well equipped to keep New Zealanders safe – and reliable, far reaching, and secure communications tools are vital to them being able to perform their jobs effectively.


“The new Public Safety Network will support this, with the roaming solution that has been created increasing coverage beyond what is available on either of our networks alone and ensuring there is a fallback option if one network experiences disruption.” 


Tony Baird, Wholesale and Infrastructure Director, Vodafone New Zealand, comments, “It is in both Vodafone and Spark’s DNA to push the boundaries of what’s technically possible to solve real world challenges. We’re proud that the Hourua joint venture will bring together the best of Spark and Vodafone’s mobile network capabilities to support the Public Safety Network with priority cellular services, increasing their mobile coverage, maximizing the reliability of services and being on hand to provide increased resources where required in an emergency situation.”


With Hourua now contracted as the provider of priority cellular services for the Public Safety Network, work is underway to commence the network build required to turn on priority cellular services from mid-2023 onwards.





From Kordia:



Kordia, in partnership with Tait Communications, has been selected by the New Zealand Government to deliver a key part of its new Public Safety Network, a secure digital radio communications network that will provide frontline emergency responders with a mission critical and highly available communications system. The overall Public Safety Network is estimated to be worth NZ$1.4 billion to build and operate over 10 years.


“Kordia is immensely proud to have been selected, alongside our partner Tait Communications, to deliver this important part of the new Public Safety Network,” says Shaun Rendell, CEO of Kordia.


Rendell says that Kordia has long been the trusted partner to deliver critical connectivity solutions, including broadcast and safety of life communications, to some of New Zealand’s most important public and private organisations.


“Our unique experience in building, designing, maintaining, and operating specialist networks in New Zealand means we’re well versed in how to deliver solutions of this critical importance and magnitude. We’re thrilled to be able to apply our expertise to this nationally significant project, that will benefit the emergency services and all New Zealanders, now and in the future.”


Kordia will draw on many different parts of its business to deliver the project – from its engineers and architects, who will design and build the network, through to its cyber security division, who will work to ensure the new network is secure by design.


Kordia’s inhouse field services team will be responsible for the installation of infrastructure, as well as maintenance of over 450 sites. In addition, Kordia’s Network Operations Centres will monitor the network infrastructure 24/7 to ensure best performance. 


Rendell says Kordia is very pleased to be partnering with another New Zealand owned business, Tait Communications, to work on this critical infrastructure project.


“Tait share our in-depth understanding of critical communications ecosystems, as well as a commitment to working collaboratively with customers to provide innovative solutions that will make a tangible difference in enhancing emergency services’ frontline communications. We’re looking forward to working in partnership with Tait as this project progresses.”


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From Emergency Services Chief Executives welcome the build phase of New Zealand’s new Public Safety Network | New Zealand Police



Following is a joint statement from Andrew Coster, Commissioner, New Zealand Police; Kerry Gregory, Chief Executive, Fire and Emergency New Zealand; Peter Bradley, Chief Executive, Hato Hone St John; and Dave Robinson, Chief Executive, Wellington Free Ambulance.


We welcome today’s announcement confirming build is underway of the new Public Safety Network Te Kupenga Marutau - Government’s new digital communications network for emergency services.


The Public Safety Network will provide our emergency services with a single nationwide secure digital radio service, and multi-network priority cellular broadband capability - including voice, video, messaging and data - in urban, state highway and rural areas commonly accessed by our frontline staff.


The new Public Safety Network is hugely significant for the ongoing safety of our people, and the solutions and services we will be able to adopt to do our jobs and serve our communities.


New Zealand’s Emergency Services are made up of approximately 35,000 staff and volunteers who attend over 5 million calls for help every year. When our people are out doing their job, from small incidents through to large scale multi-agency responses, we want to make sure they have what they need. The Public Safety Network will ensure our people are able to respond at any time, and in any place based on secure, accurate and timely information. 


The Public Safety Network will support our respective services to continue collaborating with each other on everyday responses but also help us prepare for a likely future of more climate-related emergencies.


It gives us enormous confidence to know the Public Safety Network has been designed to operate as the ‘last network standing’ in the event of a significant natural disaster, and that emergency services will have priority network access in such an event where there is congestion and degradation.


We welcome the vendors who will build and manage the Public Safety Network and acknowledge their internationally recognised skills and experience. After an extensive global search and robust procurement process led by Next Generation Critical Communications and Crown Infrastructure Partners, Tait Kordia Joint Venture (a joint venture between Tait Communications and Kordia) will build and run the Digital Land Mobile Radio network, and Hourua (a Vodafone/Spark joint venture) will build and run the Prioritised Cellular Services and Roaming solution.  We look forward to working with Tait Kordia and Hourua as significant partners.


While the Public Safety Network is being built, we will continue to be well-supported by our current communication networks. We acknowledge the skills and dedication of our staff who run these communications services.


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