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Six months left before New Zealand starts to go digital

All of New Zealand is going digital with the West Coast and Hawke’s Bay leading the way in just six months on 30 September. The rest of the country will follow in stages through 2013 with the upper North Island the last region to go digital on 1 December 2013.

“Once a region goes digital everyone in that region who wants to watch TV will have to be watching Freeview or Sky,” said Going Digital national manager Greg Harford.  

To celebrate the six months to go milestone for Hawke’s Bay and the West Coast, Going Digital and Hills Signal Master are launching a competition to help not-for-profit organisations go digital.

The competition is open to all not-for-profit community organisations in New Zealand from schools and sports clubs through to charities. Competition winners will receive the necessary equipment and installation to make an existing TV used by the organisation go digital.

“Not-for-profit organisations are part of the fabric of New Zealand communities and Going Digital and Hills Signal Master are helping some to go digital through the Community Groups Going Digital competition,” said Mr Harford.

With six months to go for the first regions 83 per cent of households in New Zealand have already made the move and are enjoying better pictures and more channels. 

“A lot of households have already gone digital but for those who haven’t made the move yet you need to start looking at your options and take action so you can continue watching TV after your region has gone digital,” said Mr Harford

For more details on the competition or for information on how to go digital visit or call 0800 838 800.

Updated on 23rd July 2015