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Spark outlines upgrade of New Zealand’s voice communications

News - 19 April 2017

Spark has announced it is switching from the ageing Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) to a next generation IP-based network.

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Spark to establish a new office in Christchurch CBD

News - 7 March 2017

Spark today announced it will be returning to the heart of Christchurch’s CBD in a new high-profile office to be built in Cathedral Square.

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Spark partners with Netflix, taking next step in building its media strategy

News - 27 February 2017

Spark and Netflix are announcing an exclusive partnership that gives Spark broadband customers a subscription to Netflix’s Standard plan for one year when they sign up to a 24 month Unlimited Data Spark broadband plan.

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Spark New Zealand says New Zealand consumers are beneficiaries of decision to turn down Sky/Vodafone merger

News - 23 February 2017

Spark New Zealand said today the Commerce Commission’s decision to decline the proposed merger between Sky Network Television Ltd and Vodafone New Zealand is a big positive for kiwi consumers.

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Spark New Zealand welcomes Court decision to stay any Sky/Vodafone merger clearance

News - 22 February 2017

Spark New Zealand said today it welcomes a High Court decision to order a short-term stay in the event the New Zealand Commerce Commission gives its clearance tomorrow morning to the proposed merger between Sky Network Television and Vodafone NZ.

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Spark New Zealand seeks short-term pause if Sky TV / Vodafone NZ merger gets regulatory green light

News - 20 February 2017

Pause would enable time for all parties to fairly consider their legal options before merger became a fait accompli

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Spark New Zealand H1 FY17 Results

News - 16 February 2017

Spark New Zealand Chairman Mark Verbiest said today the financial results for the half-year ended 31 December 2016 demonstrate it’s been another six month period of dynamic change and ongoing progress.

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Boroughs basketball courts in Albany, Avondale and Central Auckland open in time for summer

News - 15 December 2016

Spark and Auckland Council have opened three more Boroughs community basketball courts in North, West and Central Auckland, for people to enjoy over the summer period.

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Next-generation mobile technology comes to Silverdale

News - 15 December 2016

Spark announced today the north Auckland suburb of Silverdale has become just the second place in New Zealand to get 4.5G.

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Spark launches Ultra Fast Fibre MAX

News - 1 December 2016

Spark customers can now buy Ultra Fast Fibre MAX, a broadband service delivered over gigabit technology.

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Spark and Chorus to trial ‘street in a week’ fibre installations in Whakatane

News - 29 November 2016

Spark and Chorus are piloting a process aiming to make it easier for homeowners to install fibre for their broadband service.

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Spark restores connectivity for the South Island

News - 21 November 2016

Spark has now completed the process of restoring the communications services that were affected by last Sunday’s earthquake.

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Update: Telecommunications services restored in Kaikoura

News - 17 November 2016

Work to restore telecommunications services in Kaikoura has been successful with broadband and IP voice services returning at 11pm last night.

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Spark to waive moving and termination fees for earthquake affected residents

News - 17 November 2016

Spark has announced today the usual fees for moving or terminating a Spark broadband contract early will not apply to those forced to move as a result of this week’s earthquakes.

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Update: Spark network

News - 16 November 2016

Spark restored mobile service to Kaikoura at 10am this morning. We’re working with Vodafone and Chorus to get broadband and landline back into town using Vodafone’s offshore Aqualink.

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Vodafone, Spark and Chorus working together to restore services to Kaikoura

News - 15 November 2016

Telecommunications infrastructure providers, Vodafone, Spark and Chorus, are working closely together to explore all options to restore services to Kaikoura.

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Spark network update

News - 14 November 2016

An update on the status of the Spark network following today's earthquakes

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Free Wi-Fi for New Zealanders today

News - 14 November 2016

To help all New Zealanders stay in touch with friends and family today following the earthquake, Spark is letting anyone use our nationwide Wi-Fi network, without restrictions on data limits or who can use it, for free.

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Update on the Spark Network

News - 14 November 2016

Spark has now completed a full review of our network following the earthquake.

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111 Service update

News - 14 November 2016

The 111 operator service is up and functioning normally.

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Spark network holding up well following earthquakes

News - 14 November 2016

Following the earthquakes off the coast of the South Island this morning, the Spark mobile and broadband network is up and performing normally.

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Spark and Ngā Pūmanawa e Waru partnering to deliver subsidised broadband in Rotorua

News - 8 November 2016

Spark has announced it has partnered with education trust Ngā Pūmanawa e Waru to deliver subsidised broadband to selected families in Rotorua so that more New Zealand children can learn online at home.

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Spark launches ambitious Upgrade New Zealand programme

News - 2 November 2016

Spark wants to move as many customers as possible off old copper broadband and onto the newer broadband technologies, fibre and wireless broadband.

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Keeping Spark broadband customers connected

News - 28 October 2016

To help out customers experiencing a frustrating broadband fault, Spark has been deploying a Spark Restore Kit for the last couple of months, to let them know when their copper or fibre broadband has a fault – and to help them stay online while it is being fixed.

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Spark teams up with The Spinoff to bring an awesome music-focused section to readers

News - 28 October 2016

Spark announced today that it is partnering with rapidly growing online magazine The Spinoff to produce a new music section on The Spinoff’s website.

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Specialised undersea cabling ship ‘Ile de Re’ arrives in Auckland

News - 18 October 2016

The specialised undersea cable ship ‘Ile de Re’ has arrived in Auckland – en route to the middle of the Tasman Sea where it will continue laying the final section of the Tasman Global Access (TGA) undersea cable.

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Spark Note 7 customers to recieve $100 gift card

News - 13 October 2016

Spark Note7 customers to receive $100 gift card following return of their Note7 device, to be spent on whatever they like

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Spark to stop replacements of the new Samsung Galaxy Note7;urges customers to back up, turn off and return their Note7 devices

News - 11 October 2016

Spark has become aware this afternoon of one incident involving a Spark customer’s Note7 device.

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Important security information for Xtra email customers

News - 23 September 2016

Yahoo announced earlier today that a copy of some of its user account information was stolen from the company’s global network back in November 2014. They have confirmed that the information from some of Spark’s Xtra customers is included in the stolen data. We are working closely with Yahoo to identify any customers who may be affected.

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Spark launches subsidised broadband to jump Digital Divide

News - 22 September 2016

Spark announced today a new social programme to bring heavily subsidised broadband to thousands of New Zealand children whose families cannot afford commercial home broadband services.

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Celebrated Tupu ‘Youth’ Library unleashes kids’ digital potential

News - 20 September 2016

Otara’s celebrated Tupu Youth Library is the base for a series of after-school workshops designed for primary aged children, to unleash their creative potential via digital means.

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Tasman Global Access cable on track for completion

News - 19 September 2016

The Tasman Global Access (TGA) undersea cable is now in the final stages of construction, with the specialised undersea cable ship ‘Ile de Re’ heading towards New Zealand shores.

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Spark partners with Kiwi company to bring email home

News - 13 September 2016

Spark has announced today it will be moving its Xtra email service to New Zealand-owned email provider, SMX.

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Robots queue for Spark customers in the lead up to this year’s biggest phone launch

News - 9 September 2016

New Zealanders have joined people queuing all round the world to get their hands on the latest smartphone which goes on sale in seven days on September 16 – but they are the first in the world to use robots to queue for them.

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Spark boosts data and value-adds in its pay monthly mobile plans

News - 6 September 2016

Spark is giving new and existing pay monthly customers up to 60% more mobile data, launching new data heavy plans and including Spotify Premium (music streaming) and Lightbox (TV online) in most of its plans.

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Spark Lab takes to the road, with plans to visit major centers across New Zealand

News - 5 September 2016

The majority of Spark's home broadband customers will receive 50% more data on their plans.

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Spark responds to growing demand for data by increasing broadband plan allowances by 50%

News - 29 August 2016

For the first time since launching in Auckland two years ago, Spark’s free innovation and ideas workshop, Spark Lab, is going national.

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Spark to credit costs of calls and texts to Italy

News - 25 August 2016

Spark will credit its customers for the cost of landline and mobile calls and texts to Italy following the devastating earthquakes on Wednesday morning local time.

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Spark celebrates 100th Rural Broadband Initiative cell site

News - 22 August 2016

Today Spark has switched on its 100th Rural Broadband Initiative (RBI) cell site, expanding 3G and 4G mobile coverage to the Reikorangi area.

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Spark announces gigabit fibre testing in Christchurch

News - 19 August 2016

Spark has announced today that it has started testing high speed gigabit connections over the Enable Ultra Fast Broadband (UFB) fibre network in Christchurch, meaning more people will be able to upgrade their speeds significantly.

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Financial results on-track, reflecting ongoing delivery of transformation strategy

News - 18 August 2016

The financial results for the year ended 30 June 2016 demonstrate the company is performing well in the market as it continues its digital transformation

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Spark New Zealand announces new CEO for Spark Ventures

News - 16 August 2016

Spark New Zealand has announced a further change to its Leadership Team with the appointment of Ed Hyde as the new CEO for Spark Ventures.

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Spark New Zealand formally opposes Sky TV / Vodafone merger

News - 16 August 2016

Spark has made a submission to the Commerce Commission formally opposing the proposed merger between Sky and Vodafone.

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Construction begins on second Spark Boroughs basketball court

News - 15 August 2016

Spark and Auckland Council began work on a new basketball court at Hooton Reserve in Albany today, with plans for two more courts to follow in the coming months at Avondale Central Reserve and Victoria Park.

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‘Spark Pay’ raises prospects for front-line roles

News - 14 August 2016

Spark New Zealand announce today their commitment to a higher wage economy by introducing a benchmark that ensures all staff are paid a fair, competitive salary above minimum pay levels.

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Spark New Zealand appoints David Chalmers as Chief Financial Officer

News - 2 August 2016

Spark New Zealand announce today the appointment of David Chalmers as its new Chief Financial Officer.

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Givealittle adapts for growth

News - 28 July 2016

Givealittle has announced today that from 1 September it will charge a flat 5% fee on the amount raised by fundraisers on the site.

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Spark people contribute $6.39 million in support to New Zealand communities

News - 21 July 2016

Spark Foundation have announced a lifetime contribution of $6.39 million to communities and charitable causes around the country.

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Spark offers “2GB GO” data boost as NZ catches mobile gaming fever

News - 15 July 2016

Spark has launched a new “2GB GO” data pack for just $10. The pack, which is double the data and half the price of the extremely popular 1GB extra, is only available to buy during the school holidays and gives Spark customers an extra 2GB of data to use over two weeks.

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Spark completes multi-year, major systems upgrade

News - 29 June 2016

Spark New Zealand has successfully completed a four-year long, $200 million programme to upgrade its key customer service IT platforms to underpin future digital services for customers

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Spark New Zealand clinches No.1 in mobile market

News - 20 June 2016

Spark New Zealand is now the country’s number one mobile company in terms of revenue earned from customers, as more Kiwis choose to join the Spark mobile network.

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Spark ready to compete with merged SKY TV and Vodafone NZ

News - 9 June 2016

The announcement today of a proposed merger between Sky TV and Vodafone NZ is significant industry news, but it doesn’t change Spark’s business.

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Generosity Of New Zealanders Sees Givealittle Reach $50 Million Milestone

News - 2 June 2016

New Zealand has achieved a major milestone today, with total donations on the crowdfunding site Givealittle ticking over to a massive $50 million.

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Kiwi Farmers plough through the most 4G data

News - 30 May 2016

Spark has found that farmers and the rural sector are consistently the highest users of 4G data across all of New Zealand.

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Spark set to deliver unforgettable experiences to New Zealanders

News - 10 May 2016

Spark has announced today that it will become the new naming rights, brand and technology partner for New Zealand’s biggest multi-purpose entertainment venue, currently known as Vector Arena, from late April 2017.

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Spark and Huawei switch on New Zealand’s fastest mobile site

News - 4 May 2016

Spark and network partner Huawei have enabled the first 4.5G mobile site in New Zealand at Spark’s Hereford Street exchange in Christchurch.

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Spark saves a street worth of energy per year

News - 2 May 2016

Spark has recently implemented a new cooling system in one of its Central Auckland data centres, which has resulted in saving over 45 homes worth of energy annually.

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Spark gives customers even more with cool new services on the house

News - 28 April 2016

Spark has announced today it will be giving all of its home broadband customers a huge amount of extra value by shouting them a Lightbox subscription and access to 1GB of free WiFi data every day at over 1000 of WiFi zones, for the entire life their Spark plan.

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Spark New Zealand announces changes to Leadership Team to steer company through next phase of transformation

News - 26 April 2016

Spark New Zealand announced today a number of changes to its Leadership Team that reflect both a commitment to building capabilities for future growth and sound succession planning.

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Statistics New Zealand and Spark successfully deliver the first TaaS implementation in Christchurch CBD

News - 15 April 2016

Statistics New Zealand and Spark have partnered to deliver one of the first Telecommunications-as-a-Service (TaaS) government connectivity networks, helping a number of government agencies return to Christchurch CBD.

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Spark launches new wireless broadband service for selected urban customers

News - 14 April 2016

A team of specialist submarine cable experts have successfully laid the first section of the Tasman Global Access (TGA) undersea cable in Raglan.

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Spark launches new wireless broadband service for selected urban customers

News - 4 April 2016

Spark has launched today a wireless broadband service for New Zealanders living in cities and towns who are frustrated with slow or unreliable copper broadband.

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Nick Leggett appointed Chair of Spark Foundation

News - 21 March 2016

Spark Foundation, the charitable trust funded by Spark New Zealand, has announced the appointment of Nick Leggett as Chair of its Board of Trustees.

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Spotify and Spark extend exclusive partnership

News - 20 March 2016

Global music streaming giant, Spotify has praised its partnership with Spark as one of its most successful globally and has since penned a deal with the company extending its partnership for a further two years.

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USD $70 million submarine cable project underway in Raglan

News - 17 March 2016

SA team of specialist submarine cable experts will arrive in Raglan this month to lay the first section of the Tasman Global Access (TGA) undersea cable.

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Spark honours commitment to return savings to customers

News - 1 March 2016

Spark will be returning savings to customers from price increases last year, following a Commerce Commission decision not to backdate higher Chorus lines charges.

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Survey shows older New Zealanders just as tech smart as youngsters

News - 29 February 2016

Spark sets up “The Age Hackers” group to bust myths about seniors and technology.

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New beach owners get a chance to dip toes in water

News - 24 February 2016

Spark is celebrating New Zealanders joining together and successfully tendering for a 7-hectre beach by sending three Kiwi families for a classic beach holiday at the now famous Awaroa inlet in the Abel Tasman.

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Spark to credit cost of calls to Fiji

News - 21 February 2016

Spark announced it will credit its customers for the cost of landline and mobile calls and texts to Fiji in the wake of Cyclone Winston.

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H1 Results 2016

News - 18 February 2016

Spark New Zealand Chairman Mark Verbiest said today the financial results for the six months to 31 December 2015 reflect the positive impact of the Company’s investment in New Zealand’s digital future.

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Spark plugs in phone box electric car charging stations

News - 17 February 2016

In an Australasian first, Spark announced today it is piloting the use of Electric Vehicle (EV) chargers fitted to phone boxes near Auckland, a move the company has dubbed ‘Spark Plugs’.

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