It comes after the first school was connected to the Managed Network at the end of November 2013.

To date, more than 600,000 students and 42,000 teachers across the country have access to the government-funded Managed Network for quick and reliable internet services, complete with uncapped data, web filtering and network security services.

The Managed Network rollout continues to be ahead of schedule, with over 700 schools connecting since N4L passed the halfway mark in February.

Some of the most recently connected schools include the country’s largest school, Auckland’s Rangitoto College and New Plymouth’s Puketapu School.

Puketapu School principal Mike Johnson says the school’s 16 teachers and 220 students are looking forward to N4L managing its internet services so his staff and students can get on with teaching and learning. 

“We use a lot of online resources such as reading programmes and video music tutorials which often freeze up when our students try to use them,” Johnson says. 

“We need a robust infrastructure that works reliably now and also prepares us for the future, where we envisage more online tools being used in the classroom and more students bringing their own devices.”

Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye is delighted N4L has reached this milestone, in good time. 

“The Government is investing $211 million in this project, so that all state, state-integrated and partnership schools can have uncapped internet access funded by the Crown,” Kaye says. 

“This is about ensuring every young person has access to high-quality internet for learning, no matter where they go to school in New Zealand.

“Fast connections and uncapped data are like heat and water - every student should have as much as they need to achieve their best and make the most of their school day.”

N4L expects to connect 90 per cent of all schools by the end of this year, with all participating schools being able to connect to the Managed Network by the end of next year. 

A number of factors determine when a school is able to get their Managed Network connection, including the availability of the government’s UFB (Ultra Fast Broadband) and RBI (Rural Broadband Initiative).

When the rollout is complete by the end of next year, more than 800,000 users are expected to be using the Managed Network. 

About N4L

• Network for Learning (N4L) is a Crown company. It was created to build a managed network specifically designed for NZ schools, and to create an environment that encourages the uptake of digital learning.

• The N4L Managed Network provides participating schools with fast, reliable internet complete with uncapped data, web filtering, network security services and helpdesk support.

• Because it’s centrally managed, schools don’t need to support their own internet connection and related services, reducing ICT complexity and costs.