Demeter:OMGpjay: There are densely populated suburbs within New Zealands main cities that might as well be considered "rural", this is what I mean by 3rd world amenities amongst 1st world living.
This is pretty off-topic, but could you name me an example? As someone who grew up in a 3rd world country I haven't come across any place in New Zealand that remotely matches the description '3rd world'.
As I've dictated in my followup comment above, I'm not referring to 3rd world in the sense of a lack or running water or food which is the conclusion I can only assume you're jumping to - but more 3rd world in the sense that these areas might as well be rural parts of NZ. Although they are populated, nobody cares to invest in them - especially the local infrastructure, mainly due to a lack of return on investment.
If you can imagine being nestled in on dial up, or a Conklin, or even a congested ASAM or ISAM - or not even having the capability to connect to fixed line DSL due to a lack of available ports (as the position OP is in); located sometimes less than 20 minutes from the heart of a main city, you could appreciate where I'm coming from with that observation. That's not even delving into the populated parts of NZ that are still yet to taste more than dialup, or what's no better than dialup because their node is peaking 24/7.
MikeAqua: You can get very poor broadband speed living in the CBD fringe of a city. That would be an exact description of the quality of 'broad'band we get at our current abode, which is within 10 minutes walk of Nelson's CBD. Everywhere I travel overseas, including some 3rd world countries, I get better internet speed than I do at home. Hardly the foundation on which to build any sort of knowledge economy.