Do we even have real broadband in this country?
If you're with Telecom, yeah there is real broadband. Streaming video is usually the test I first make when I want to find out the performance of an internet connection. Always fine on Telecom, but variable (well only just acceptable at best) on Orcon.
My flat is Orcon+ (LLU) and my mum is Telecom (Cabinet). Both have similar sync speeds to the exchange/cabinet, but I'm always blown away at how much smoother streaming experience is on Telecom -- especially to international sites.
To be honest I'm tired of people complaining about how bad broadband is in New Zealand, since 9 times out of them the person complaining about NZ broadband is with an ISP other than Telecom. For some reason people say "oh that's too expensive" when I suggest switching to Telecom -- well you pay for what you get...