Three weeks until digital TV switch

By Hannah Norton

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Going Digital national manager Greg Hartford says it's now urgent for Northlanders to get Freeview, SKY or IGLOO. Photo / Stuart Munro
Going Digital national manager Greg Hartford says it's now urgent for Northlanders to get Freeview, SKY or IGLOO. Photo / Stuart Munro

The countdown is on for Northland to go completely digital.

From three weeks today, analogue television transmissions will be switched off in Northland and replaced with a digital signal.

"The countdown is in its final days, and it's now urgent to get Freeview, SKY or IGLOO before December 1 if you want to keep watching television," said Going Digital national manager Greg Hartford.

People who do not take up one of these options will be faced with watching a blank screen.

Going Digital's community advisers will be at various Northland locations in the coming weeks - November 14 (The Warehouse, Dargaville 9am-2pm, and the Opononi i-SITE and Four Square 2pm-4pm), November 15 (Kawakawa Ray White 10am-2pm, and Hikurangi Library 2pm-4pm), November 20 (Mitre 10 Mega, Whangarei 10am-2pm), November 21 (The Warehouse in Kaitaia 10am-2pm) and November 22 (The Warehouse, Waipapa 9am-1pm).

You can get further information on the digital switchover from www.goingdigital.co.nz, or by calling 0800 838 800, Mr Hartford said.

Whangarei District Council expects a number of non-digital TVs will be dumped, and is urging residents to correctly dispose of them.

Transfer station The ReSort Centre on Kioreroa Rd normally charges $18 for TV disposal, but is now offering the service for $5.

The service is not available at the council's rural transfer stations, but council waste education contractor EcoSolutions will be collecting TVs at a cost of $5 this Saturday at Ruakaka School between 10am and 4pm and every Saturday until November 23 at 1 Woods Rd, behind Chipmunks, between 10am and 4pm.

Far North televisions at the transfer sites at Ahipara, Awanui, Herekino, Houhora, Kaikohe, Kaitaia, Kohukohu, Opononi, Panguru, Russell, Taipa, Te Kao, Whangae, Whatuwhiwhi and Whitehills for a $5 fee. This Saturday TVs will also be able to be dropped at Kaikohe's War Memorial Hall, at the carpark behind the Hundertwasser toilets in Kawakawa, the Moerewa Christian Fellowship Church car park, and next to the community recycling centre on Clendon Esplanade in Rawene between 10am and 4pm.

- NORTHERN ADVOCATE

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