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Free Wi-Fi in the wake of NZ quake

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 14/11/2016

New Zealanders worried about loved ones in the wake of Monday's 7.5 magnitude earthquake will be able to get in touch using free Wi-Fi from network provider Spark.

The company said anyone can access unlimited Wi-Fi on Monday from one of its more than 100 hotspot zones across the country.

The move comes after South Island customers around Kaikoura and Blenheim experienced significant connectivity issues because of quake damage to the fixed network and power outages affecting mobile cell sites.

"People in or near those areas may have limited or no access to landline, broadband and mobile services," the company said in a statement.

"Spark's technical teams are working hard to re-establish connection."

People wishing to access Spark's free Wi-Fi should search for the "Spark" network once they are within range of a Wi-Fi hotspot and click join.

There will be no need to register or enter log-in details.

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