Kordia is a New Zealand government-owned broadcast and telecommunications company, operating in Australia and New Zealand. It provides national communications services for broadcast and telecommunications customers in New Zealand, as well as specialised network systems. New Zealand customers include: Vodafone New Zealand, 2degrees, Sky Television, TVNZ, Mediaworks, Radio New Zealand, Spark New Zealand, Freeview, and The Radio Network. In Australia, Kordia provides contracting and consulting services for major telecommunications players, including Telstra, Optus, Vodafone and Hutchison.

State-owned enterprise
FoundedNew Zealand, 2003 as THL;
New Zealand, 2006 as Kordia
HeadquartersNew Zealand
Key people
Scott Bartlett, CEO

The New Zealand Kordia network is based primarily on digital microwave technology. The company also has access to a number of fibre networks running between Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. Part of Kordia's 60 year heritage is the nationwide network of transmission towers that was built by the company in its various iterations, including: NZBC, Television New Zealand, BCL and now Kordia. In 2007, Kordia upgraded its high sites to build the digital terrestrial television (DTT) platform, which now hosts Freeview (Free-to-air digital television in New Zealand).

As well as use of licensed point-to-point microwave network links, Kordia also owns a variety of radio spectrum usage rights, including frequencies suitable for television and radio broadcast. Kordia also owns and operates a point-to-multipoint CDMA-based network for wireless broadband and WiMax technologies.


In November 2006, the business (THL Group, BCL, THLA, AAPCS) was rebranded to Kordia. The name “Kordia” is derived from the Latin word “accordia”, meaning “harmony”. The New Zealand business was formed as a subsidiary of Television New Zealand Ltd (TVNZ) on 1 July 1989[1] and was sold off as a separate entity in 2003.

Kordia operates both the analogue and digital television platforms in New Zealand – digital terrestrial television (DTT) and direct-to-home (DTH-satellite), including:



Maori Television

Sky Television

Other Nationwide Stations

  • ChoiceTV
  • HGTV
  • Parliament TV
  • Chinese TV8
  • Apna Television
  • and even their own TV channel, Kordia TV

Regional Stations

Radio Networks

Kordia's nearly 400 high sites are available for co-location. This allows the introduction of other network operators' equipment into these strategic sites.


Kordia competes and co-operates with other operators of physical (layer 1) telecommunication network providers such as Spark New Zealand, Vodafone New Zealand and Transpower New Zealand Limited (the national grid operator). Kordia has trialled DVB in New Zealand and DAB in New Zealand and Australia.

Kordia owns and operates New Zealand’s third largest telecommunications network – by geographical reach.[2]

In early 2007, Kordia announced that it had signed a distribution agreement with RoamAD for the distribution of RoamAD metro Wi-Fi networks throughout New Zealand.

Kordia acquired Orcon Internet on 2 July 2007,[3] and sold it in April 2013.[4]

On 7 September 2007, Kordia launched Kordia Metro WiFi, an unbundled open access network of metro Wi-Fi hotzones.

In 2011, Kordia announced that it is the first company in New Zealand to achieve the Microsoft SIP Trunking qualification for Microsoft Lync[5]

In 2012, Kordia has launched a new data transit service from New Zealand to Asia, allowing Kiwi businesses to access the lowest latency route to Microsoft’s Office 365 cloudbased productivity tools.[6]

Main high sites

SiteArea(s) servedCoordinates
GrampiansNelson and eastern Tasman41°17′53″S 173°16′47″E
HedgehopeInvercargill and Southland46°5′37.2″S 168°42′41.6″E
HikurangiBay of Islands35°32′21.2″S 173°54′53.4″E
HorokakaWhangarei and central Northland35°52′12.2″S 174°8′7.2″E
KaukauWellington41°14′1″S 174°46′46″E
KuriwaoSouthern Otago46°14′18.8″S 169°22′18.9″E
Little Mount IdaNorthern Otago44°57′25.9″S 170°3′56.1″E
MaungataniwhaFar North District35°10′2.1″S 173°31′24.3″E
Mount CargillDunedin and eastern Otago45°48′47″S 170°33′19″E
Mount Edgecumbe/PutauakiWhakatane and eastern Bay of Plenty38°6′16.5″S 176°44′12.6″E
Mount Taranaki/EgmontTaranaki39°17′19.7″S 174°5′4.3″E
Mount ErinNapier, Hastings, and central Hawke's Bay39°44′23″S 176°50′27″E
Mount MurchisonEastern Buller and western Tasman41°43′45″S 172°29′58″E
Mount RochfortWestport and western Buller41°46′43.2″S 171°44′25.9″E
Mount StudholmeTimaru and South Canterbury44°38′28.8″S 170°54′39″E
ObeliskCentral Otago45°19′18.8″S 169°12′25.3″E
OtahouaWairarapa40°58′32.1″S 175°45′16.5″E
PaparoaGreymouth and Hokitika42°24′11.5″S 171°20′33.8″E
Peninsula HillQueenstown45°2′27″S 168°43′26″E
SugarloafChristchurch and Canterbury43°36′13″S 172°38′58″E
Te ArohaHamilton and Waikato37°32′2.1″S 175°44′31.4″E
TuhingamataTaupo and southern Waikato/Bay of Plenty38°42′32.5″S 175°59′48″E
WaiataruaAuckland36°55′34.5″S 174°34′5″E
WhakapunakeGisborne and East Coast38°50′2.2″S 177°35′59.3″E
Wharite PeakPalmerston North and Manawatu40°15′17″S 175°51′28″E

See also


  1. History Archived 27 February 2007 at the Wayback Machine. Kordia Solutions. Retrieved 23 July 2012.
  2. Telecommunications Solutions Archived 6 June 2012 at the Wayback Machine. Kordia. Retrieved 23 July 2012.
  3. announces acquisition of Orcon. Kordia. Retrieved 23 July 2012.
  4. Putt, Sarah (15 April 2013). "Kordia sells Orcon to private investors". Computerworld. Archived from the original on 17 April 2013. Retrieved 16 April 2013.
  5. Kordia first to achieve Microsoft certification. Kordia.co.nz (14 September 2011). Retrieved 23 July 2012.
  6. Kordia launches lowest latency link to Microsoft. Kordia.co.nz (23 April 2012). Retrieved 23 July 2012.

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