Wispa All-members Meeting And Agm

New Plymouth, 22-24 January 2020

Venue: Novotel Hobson, Hobson St, New Plymouth

NOTE: This Conference is for WISPA.NZ members and invited guests only. Anyone else wishing to attend should enquire through ernie.newman@wispa.nz 


Wed 22 January – Open session for all

9:00am-11amRegistration and morning tea
– sponsored by Complete-coms
11:00amCall to order and Welcome
– WISPA Chairman Mike Smith
11:05amMayoral Welcome
– Deputy Mayor of New Plymouth, Richard Jordan
11:15amOfficial Opening and Ministerial Address
Hon Kris Faafoi, Minister of Communications (by video)
11:35amSponsors’ introductions
1:30pmThe Primo Story – Bringing Broadband to Taranaki
Matthew Harrison and Team
2:15pmSponsors’ introductions
3:15pmRural Connectivity Policy and Progress
Graham Mitchell, CEO, Crown Infrastructure Partners
4:00pmRural Connectivity Group Update including Colocation
John Proctor, Programme Director
4:45pmDay 1 business session concludes
Free evening


Thu 23 January – Open Session for All





Update from Chair Chris Browning

Chair Mike Smith gives a rundown on his learnings from the recent event in Las Vegas

9:00amBefore U Dig
Before U Dig Business Development Manager Richard Dyson explains how to keep your infrastructure secure.
9:15amServices Sharing Among WISPs

A key part of the rationale for forming WISPA was to foster a culture of collaboration and implement specific sharing arrangements. This interactive session led by Mike Smith will cover some practical examples where WISPA members have already established cooperative services and systems, and discuss opportunities for the future.


  • Chair – Mike Smith
  • Bridget Canning, WIZ Wireless
  • Lachlan Chapman, AONet



The World of WISPs in Australia

WISPA Australia President Dainen Keogh

Morning tea – sponsored by Complete-coms

10:45amWholesaling as a Value-Add for WISPs

This session will explore the merits of selling on a wholesale basis as a source of additional volume.


  • Chair – Mike Smith
  • Stan Rivett, Netspeed
  • Tom Linn, Wireless Nation
11:30amSpectrum Update

Presentation from Len Starling of Radio Spectrum Management

Update from Corey Weir, Chair, Radio Frequency Users Association of NZ

Panel discussion on topical spectrum issues, to include:

  • Chair – Peter Mancer, WISPA Spectrum Specialist
  • Corey Weir, Chair, RFUANZ
  • Dainen Keogh, President, WISPAU Australia
  • Dale Roberts, Go Wireless
  • Mike Smith, WISPA.NZ
12:30pm Lunch
1:30pmThe Fully Connected Farm – the New Horizon for WISPs?

WISPs have successfully shown the way to get broadband connectivity to the homesteads of Kiwi farms. Is the next step connectivity right across the farm? If so, are WISPs the logical businesses to spearhead this, how is it being used at present, and what new opportunities for improved farm efficiency will it unlock?

Session to include:

  • Chair – Mike Smith, WISPA.NZ
  • Federated Farmers Vice Chair Andrew Hoggard
  • IoT Taranaki’s Paul Oliver
  • Microsoft NZ Chief Technology Officer Russell Craig,
  • Rural Innovation Laboratory Chair Mat Hocken
  • Taranaki Dairy Farmer David Walker
  • Spark Client Lead Tom Meijer
3:00pm Refreshments
3.30pm Connected Farm session continues
4:45pmDay 2 business session concludes

The Spark Wholesale dinner, preceded by the Go Wireless Drinks,
Vineyard Bistro, Okurukuru

5:15pm Buses leave Novotel for 20 minute journey
– buses sponsored by Spark Wholesale
5:45pm Pre dinner drinks
– Sponsored by Go Wireless
6:30pm Dinner, quiz, activities
10:30pm First bus leaves Okurukuru to return to Novotel
11:15pm Second bus leaves Okurukuru to return to Novotel


Fri 24 January – WISPA.NZ Financial Members Only

9:00amThe Telecommunications Carriers Forum
The Forum, the Telecommunications Disputes Resolution Service, and their relevance to WISPA members
– TCF Chief Executive Geoff Thorn
10:00amLEAN – an innovation at Primo Broadband
– Jason Holton
10:10amMobile Service for WISPs
– WISPA Committee and Digital Island
10:30amMorning tea – sponsored by Complete-coms
11:00amWISPA.NZ Annual General Meeting
12:30pm Business session ends
Lunch and departure



Members should book accommodation directly with the Novotel or other adjacent hotels – our bulk allocation of rooms has expired.


Registrations for this event closed on 22 December 2019. Any late enquiries to ernie.newman@wispa.nz  0223764363