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Government Updates Ministry of Health Porirua City Council facilities & services Covid-19 welfare information

Digital Porirua

Porirua has fast gigabit wi-fi in the central CBD and Welly Wi-Fi in other places around the city centre.

Porirua Gigabit Wi-Fi service

We provide a fast gigabit Wi-Fi service in the outdoor area of central Porirua CBD from 8.00 am to 5.00 pm Monday to Friday. The area is bordered in the north by Tutu Place (near Mega Centre North), Porirua Stream in the east (Lyttelton Avenue and Bullock Lane) and Titahi Bay Road to the south and west.

Any wireless device (such as smartphones, tablets, notebooks) can connect to the service, but to get the fastest throughput it needs to support the 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard. There are no time limits or data caps, but users have to agree to terms and conditions of use.

To connect, look for Porirua Gigabit Wi-Fi in the Wi-Fi browser of your device. When you logon, you will be asked to accept the terms and conditions for using the service.

Welly Wi-Fi

In some places in central Porirua, particularly indoor public areas where the Gigabit Wi-Fi Service may not be available, we provide a free public Wi-Fi service called Welly Wi-Fi. The service allows 100 MB of data per device per day. You can connect as many times as you like, with as many devices as you like.

There’s no time limit, but the number of people who can use it at the same time is restricted to make sure we can provide the best possible service. It operates on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.

When you logon, you’ll be asked to accept the terms and conditions for using the service.

Smartlinx 3 broadband

Smartlinx 3 Limited was set up in 2004 to improve access and pricing of broadband in Porirua, Lower Hutt and Upper Hutt.  The three city councils and six private investors wanted to have an open-access ultrafast broadband telecommunications network within the three cities.

We believe our investment in Smartlinx3 will help open up opportunities in Porirua and the Hutt Valley.  Open access broadband also helps us to meet some of our social development goals.

Contact Smartlinx 3 to connect to the service, or ask your Internet Service Provider.