Currently, the govt. are proposing $1.5b to subsidise the fibre roll out initiative (which will most likely be matched by a company in the private sector). There has been a lot of discussion on how this is no way near enough, I agree, but more so that the cost will prevent NZer's from having access to fttd.
With current speculation about fttd, I see it as a realistic future for NZ. so the debate lies whether we do it now... or in ten years (when it is possible well over due and NZ is caught, again, catching up with the rest of the world).
IMO, with the knowledge and understanding we have now, I don't see the point in leaving it for another x amount of years. We have around 40 companies who are interested and wish to participate in the govts. initiative (NZCFH) along with Vectors strong campaign (the straw ads) which gaining a lot of awareness for the general public.
I feel now is the time - the internet will ONLY become more and more important and influential in our lives so why not have the best!