We are Wilson Hurst

An ultra-fast rollout for Chorus NZ.


Chorus New Zealand Limited


Ultra-fast Broadband Rollout


March 2012 - Ongoing


Auckland, Wellington, Taupo, Rotorua, Palmerston North, Napier, Queenstown, Greymouth, Nelson, Blenheim, Timaru, Dunedin, Invercargill.


For dwellings that have requested Ultra-fast Broadband (UFB) and are located in a Right of Way (ROW) or a Multi Dwelling Unit (MDU), before UFB can be installed, Chorus needs the consent from a property owner or due to recent changes (October 2017) to the Telecommunications Act Chorus are able to notify land owners of works to take place on the shared land if the works are simple low impact or medium impact work.

ROW properties which are accessed via a shared driveway and or a cross lease is where there is a piece of land owned by multiple parties in undivided shares.

MDUs are those properties that share a common boundary with multiple occupancies (may be one building or more), including: semi-detached dwellings, apartments, townhouses, some gated communities, some retirement villages and office blocks.

As these are privately owned, Chorus will need consent from property owners or the body corporate or to notify them of works to install fibre into and within the building as well as gain ongoing access to connect other users and for maintenance in the future. 

Wilson Hurst were engaged by Chorus to gain consents from landowners and body corporates and to notify landowners of works under these scenarios.

Consent means that all interested parties have agreed to Chorus deploying fibre along the access way and gives Chorus permission to access for maintenance.  Notice means that all affected parties have been given either 5 days notice of low impact work with no grounds to object to the works, or 15 days notice of medium impact work, with limited option to object to the works. 

What started out as a handful of commercial and residential properties in Auckland and Wellington has grown into a project employing upwards of 25 staff across three offices gaining consents from thousands of landowners and notifying landowners of works across many different towns and cities across the country, with the number of locations growing as UFB reaches further across NZ.

Wilson Hurst are constantly evolving to respond to changes in the installation methods. Whether it be timeframes for gaining consents as they are imposed on Chorus by Crown Fibre Holdings, changes in legislation to adapt to processes within the law, changes in Chorus Corporate Governance, or helping a large cross section of landowners understand the processes involved in obtaining UFB and ultimately gaining where possible, landowners being better connected.

Highlights include:

  • Managing project staff upwards of 25 employees across Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch
  • Gaining in excess of 6,000 landowner approvals per annum
  • • Already having notified in excess of 7,000 landowners of works under the new property access amendments to the Telecommunications Act since October 2017

If you would like to read more about the amendments to the Telecommunications Act, please read here:


”Wilson Hurst really understood our needs, and at the end of the day they had the energy and experience to really get the job done!”