Notes From Vodafone Meeting 13 July

Please see below some bullet points from the Vodafone meeting on 13 July.  As discussed the last point regarding the Technical Support number I would like a little more time with – especially since last night it was requested of Vodafone to revert back to the old Telstra 0508 number.  I will come back to you on that tomorrow.  I have highlighted this paragraph below and you may want to leave it out until I can provide a further update.

·         Vodafone acknowledged the issues the Pegasus Town residents have been having with their broadband services - specifically around peak time with broadband performance and speed.  We are sorry these issues have occurred and that they have been causing frustration and inconvenience for the residents.

·        Vodafone are very grateful for the opportunity to discuss the situation directly with Pegasus Town residents and Vodafone is committed to resolving the issues as quickly as possible and at the meeting Vodafone explained exactly what they are doing to rectify the situation.

·         The Hybrid Fibre Coax cable system was developed in Canterbury around 2000 – this system is the same as the cable TV network in the United States. For Pegasus Town it was initially an exclusive deal with the developer.  It is no longer exclusive however other providers are not interested in over building existing network.

·         Since its development the HFC cable network has had yearly capacity and technology upgrades with a major step change in technology approximately every 3 – 4 years.  The cable itself is future proofed technology however to maintain quality performance and speed enhancements, the electronic equipment that provides the services needs to be upgraded regularly – which Vodafone had in plan.

·         However the enthusiastic uptake of video streaming services has taken us by surprise ( as it has done with other providers) and we were unable to perform our upgrade before service demand affected the services in Pegasus Town.

·         Vodafone have purchased the necessary equipment to perform the upgrade and the network team are working very hard to get this installed as quickly as possible.  The first part of that work will be completed by the third week of August and the final upgrade will be ready in early September.   When complete, the services will be returned to consistent speed and performance at all times of the day.  This type of upgrade work would ordinarily take 6 months but Vodafone are completing it in 3 months.

·         New Zealanders increasing appetite for data, especially streaming video, has exceeded even our own ambitious expectations.  The introduction of services such as Netflix and NEON are meaning 30% growth every month – this is putting pressure on all of NZ’s networks.  Video streaming accounts for over 55% of Vodafone's home broadband traffic and it does not look like slowing down anytime soon as the rate of adoption of UFB plans also accelerates.

·         Vodafone have had to react quickly to the changing needs of customers and we are genuinely committed to getting things fixed for Pegasus Town. 

·         The network upgrade of the HFC network is costing around $6 Million and Vodafone are working fast to get this sorted as soon as they can.

·         Many good questions were asked at the meeting and there are some specific action points for Vodafone to follow up on and get back to individuals about.

·         COMING SOON:  Vodafone are providing priority assistance and have a technical support team specifically for Pegasus Town residents to contact.  We also encourage residents to discuss their current plan and equipment with this team to ensure they have the right plan and equipment to meet their usage needs.

Vodafone Public Meeting for Pegasus Residents

VODAFONE MEETING - open to all Pegasus residents
6.30 pm, Monday 13 July at the Flat White Café.
Matt Doocey has met with Vodafone on behalf of Pegasus residents and is now bringing Vodafone to front up to the residents.
The Vodafone team who will be attending the meeting are:
Mitch Cooper - Senior Government Relations Advisor ...
Sharina Nisha - Head of Platforms Design and Delivery
Caitlin Metz -Community Relations Manager.
The Technical staff can only stay until 7.45, so come along early and show them how big the issue is simply by being there!
Beverages will be available for sale, so arrive early to ensure you have yours before the meeting starts. Contact the Pegasus Residents Group if you require any additional info. If you'd like to go, but are unable to, send us your apologies so your interest is registered.
If you want Vodafone to get the message, you need to be there to give it to them!

Vodafone Issues

The Pegasus Residents' Group are pursuing a resolution to on-going problems residents are having with Vodafone services.  A public meeting has been held and information gathered from affected residents.  Matt Doocey MP has taken up the case on our behalf and below are links to letters from him.
Matt Doocey to PRGI
Matt Doocey to Vodafone
A third letter has been written to Minister Amy Adams which is very similar to the one written to Vodafone.

Pegasus Lake Algae Warning Lifted

Subject: CDHB Media Release - Health warnings removed from two Canterbury lakes

MEDIA RELEASE

 Health warnings removed from two Canterbury lakes

22 April 2015

The Community and Public Health division of the Canterbury District Health Board has lifted its algal bloom health warnings for Lake Forsyth and Pegasus Lake. 

Both warnings were issued in February 2015.

Recent water testing at Lake Forsyth and Pegasus Lake have shown the quantity of potentially toxic blue-green algae (planktonic cyanobacteria) has decreased and concentrations are now below the levels that are of concern to public health.

Canterbury Medical Officer of Health Dr Alistair Humphrey says as we move into winter there is a decreased chance of the toxic algae returning until the warmer months. 

Both lakes will continue to be monitored on a monthly basis and the public will be notified if there is a risk to public health.

Facts about cyanobacteria: 

  • The algae occur naturally but can increase rapidly during warmer months.
  • If the water is cloudy, discoloured, or has small globules suspended in it, avoid all contact.
  • Not all cyanobacterial blooms are visible to the naked eye and toxins can persist after the blooms disappear.
  • Cyanobacterial concentrations can change quickly with changing environmental conditions (e.g. wind). If a health warning is in place avoid contact with the water.
  • If a warning is in place, people and animals should not drink the water from the lake at any time, even boiled water.
  • Exposure to an algal bloom can cause skin rashes, nausea, stomach cramps, tingling and numbness around the mouth and fingertips. If you experience any of these symptoms visit your doctor immediately and please let your doctor know if you have had contact with lake water when there is a health warning in place.

For further information visit http://ecan.govt.nz/services/online-services/monitoring/swimming-water-quality/Pages/lake-warnings.aspx

Or contact Community and Public Health on (03) 364 1777.

Media queries can be directed to Canterbury DHB Communications Advisor Donovan Ryan on 0273444011

More info on Lake from WDC

Comment from Mayor David Ayers.  Click here for media release from WDC

"The essence of the story regarding lake condition is that it is fine for swimming (i.e. “primary” contact) at the moment, but we cannot be confident that it will remain that way forever. “Secondary” contact is OK for wading, boating, etc. From a communications point of view, this is something that needs to be understood by Pegasus residents and those considering buying houses or sections there.   It is, I believe, less of an issue for visiting lake swimmers because they will simply choose somewhere else."  David Ayers

Bob Robertson

It is with great sadness that the Pegasus Residents' Group acknowledges the passing of Bob Robertson on 16 November 2014.  Those of us living in and enjoying the many benefits of Pegasus owe that to Bob's vision and passion for this development.  He will be greatly missed.