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Everyone is Going Digital in Hawke’s Bay

The Going Digital Targeted Assistance Package has its first happy customer after 87-year-old Betty McCormack of Hawke’s Bay received her install on 24 February.

Broadcasting Minister Hon Craig Foss shares a laugh with Betty McCormack, the first person in Hawke's Bay to go digital thanks to the Going Digital Targeted Assistance Package.

Hawke’s Bay goes digital on 30 September and the latest tracking rates show that 82 per cent of the region is already digital.

The Targeted Assistance Package was launched by the Government in January and is available for people who have a TV and who do not yet have Freeview, Sky or TelstraClear, and who are either:
- aged 75 and over with a Community Services Card; or
- recipients of a Veteran’s Pension or Invalids’ Benefit; or
- former Veteran’s Pension and Invalid’s Benefit recipients who transferred to NZ Superannuation at age 65 or over.

Targeted Assistance Package recipients receive the supply and installation of all the necessary equipment to convert one existing television in each household, plus training in its use.

Betty was excited to be the first person in Hawke’s Bay to go digital thanks to the Targeted Assistance Package and is looking forward to enjoying the benefits of digital television such as a clearer picture and more channels.

Updated on 23rd July 2015