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Graham Oliver spoke about the funeral for Graham Calvert.  It was a real celebration of Graham's life.

Graham was a true Rotarian, he and Maria were heavily involved in student Exchange and Graham was the first club member to serve as President twice and took a third term as President in 2015/16, the 50th Jubilee year for the club.



  • 17 February - Committee/Project meeting - No Speaker
  • 24 February - Marco Zeeman - Whale Song Project


Members rostered on will perform all these duties: Open meeting with Grace/Message; Sergeant; Introduce & Thank Speaker (if there's a speaker); Parting Thought.

  • 17 February - Richard Campbell
  • 24 February - Peter Gibbs


The meeting

Steve Botica introduced our speaker Steve Riceman.

Steve originally studied engineering as a Post Office bursar, and started working for the old Telecommunications branch of the Post Office just before Telecom was created as a State Owned Enterprise in 1986. He later also studied accounting and finance.

He worked for Telecom (now known as Spark) until 2014 in a variety of both engineering and financial roles. He did some consulting work after leaving Telecom, until joining the Commerce Commission in 2018 where he joined as Chief Advisor - Fibre in the ​Regulatory and compliance branch.

Steve looks after the new area around fibre and the wholesale side of the fibre services.  He works with a multidisciplinary team consisting of legal, economics, and industry people.

The UFB Project (ultra Fast Broadband) was funded to deliver fibre across NZ.  With a 10 year timeframe, the project kicked off in Dec 2011, aiming to achieve a 75% coverage across NZ.

In 2017 UFB 2 was to extend to provide 86% coverage of NZ by the end of 2022.

Fibre access is actually relatively more competitive than electricity lines, as wireless access is an option to compete against fibre (whereas there are not options like this for the delivery of electricity).

However, consumers still need some protection from providers.  And that's where Steve and the team come in.

The Commission sets the ground rules, with Determinations, Regulations for the sector.  To define these, the team consulted with suppliers, stakeholders, community, etc. And they adapted the proposed approach.  The work was completed at the end of 2020.

The team has now moved into focusing on the fibre price vs. quality part of the process.

Only Chorus is subject to the price quality regulation (where the Commerce Commission sets the maximum allowable revenue).  The other smaller providers are subject to information disclosure.  So they have freedom to set pricing, but they have to divulge information, which helps keep everyone informed of what they are doing, and acts as a deterrent to setting unfair prices or low quality.  The suppliers will be required to establish and meet some specific quality measures for the services that they provide.

There were many questions from members and Steve was thanked by Steve Botica for a most interesting talk.


Parting thought

"The Internet is becoming the town square for the global village of tomorrow."

Bill Gates

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