8 Feb 2013

Govt committed to improving Chatham Islands' infrastructure

6:42 am on 8 February 2013

A Moriori leader says the Government has shown a commitment to improving the infrastructure on the Chatham Islands.

In September last year, government ministers including Prime Minister John Key and Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson visited the island to talk to Moriori and Maori leaders about working towards their Treaty settlements.

Hokotehi Moriori Trust general manager Maui Solomon says while they were there they took into consideration the dilapidated state of some of the community's important facilities.

He says Mr Finlayson has been visiting Rekohu (Chatham Island) and Pitt Island on a fairly regular basis now and has made a commitment to fixing both the island's wharves.

Mr Solomon says he feels the Government now has a better understanding and appreciation of how the community has had to cope with the poor state of the island's key services and 2013 is looking brighter for the Chatham Islands.

The Government is about to roll-out fast broadband for the island's three primary schools.