A series of ongoing telecommunications faults have left residents in a lower North Island town irate and frustrated.
Wainuiomata residents have complained about the infrequent and erratic internet coverage in their area. The problems began inexplicably last month and have continued to dog the neighbourhood.
A spokesperson for Chorus, Telecom’s lines division, said that contractors had been working day and night on the problems, and the exact cause of the issue had not yet been determined.
But Chorus confirmed that full internet coverage had now been restored to most residents.
Wainuiomata local and Labour MP Trevor Mallard said the faults had made it almost impossible for him to fulfil his role as the Labour Party’s campaign manager.
“I do a lot of my work online when I’m at home,” said Mr Mallard. “I post regularly on Labour’s blog Red Alert, and my posts always attract a lot of attention.
“But I haven’t been able to do anything without access to the internet. I haven’t put a blogpost up for over a month.”
Mr Mallard said he had only just had his connection restored.
“It’s perfect timing too, after our big lift in the polls.”
Mr Mallard was referring to the sharp rise in support for the Labour Party in yesterday’s Colmar Brunton poll.
The previous poll, taken a month ago, showed Labour in desperate trouble, more than 20 points behind National. But the gap in the latest Colmar Brunton poll is now only ten points.
Mr Mallard said he was pleased with the poll results, but could not explain why things had turned around in only a month.
“Polls go up and polls go down,” said Mr Mallard. “Only one poll matters. Still, this is great news.”
Mr Mallard said he was looking forward to sharing the good news online with Labour’s supporters, now he had his internet connection back.
“And I have a few choice blogposts ready to aim at John Key too”, said Mr Mallard.
“I like to think that the polls reflect the work I’ve been putting in.”