TypeState-owned enterprise
FoundedNew Zealand, 2003 as THL;
New Zealand, 2006 as Kordia
HeadquartersNew Zealand
Key people
Scott Bartlett, CEO (died 2020)

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.

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.


Kordia TV mast, Mount Kaukau
Kordia TV mast, Mount Kaukau

In November 2006, the business (THL Group, BCL - formerly known as Broadcast Communications Limited, 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 (as BCL) [1] and was sold off as a separate entity in 2003.

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


Discovery New Zealand

Māori Television

Sky Television

Other Nationwide Stations

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. Analogue television was switched off in 2013 as part of the move to digital TV broadcasting.


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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

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

Map all coordinates using: OpenStreetMap  Download coordinates as: KML
Site Area(s) served Coordinates
Grampians Nelson and eastern Tasman 41°17′53″S 173°16′47″E / 41.29806°S 173.27972°E / -41.29806; 173.27972 (Grampians)
Hedgehope Invercargill and Southland 46°5′37.2″S 168°42′41.6″E / 46.093667°S 168.711556°E / -46.093667; 168.711556 (Hedgehope)
Hikurangi Bay of Islands 35°32′21.2″S 173°54′53.4″E / 35.539222°S 173.914833°E / -35.539222; 173.914833 (Hikurangi)
Horokaka Whangarei and central Northland 35°52′12.2″S 174°8′7.2″E / 35.870056°S 174.135333°E / -35.870056; 174.135333 (Horokaka)
Kaukau Wellington 41°14′1″S 174°46′46″E / 41.23361°S 174.77944°E / -41.23361; 174.77944 (Kaukau)
Kuriwao Southern Otago 46°14′18.8″S 169°22′18.9″E / 46.238556°S 169.371917°E / -46.238556; 169.371917 (Kuriwao)
Little Mount Ida Northern Otago 44°57′25.9″S 170°3′56.1″E / 44.957194°S 170.065583°E / -44.957194; 170.065583 (Little Mount Ida)
Maungataniwha Far North District 35°10′2.1″S 173°31′24.3″E / 35.167250°S 173.523417°E / -35.167250; 173.523417 (Maungataniwha)
Mount Cargill Dunedin and eastern Otago 45°48′47″S 170°33′19″E / 45.81306°S 170.55528°E / -45.81306; 170.55528 (Mount Cargill)
Mount Edgecumbe/Putauaki Whakatane and eastern Bay of Plenty 38°6′16.5″S 176°44′12.6″E / 38.104583°S 176.736833°E / -38.104583; 176.736833 (Mount Edgecumbe)
Mount Taranaki/Egmont Taranaki 39°17′19.7″S 174°5′4.3″E / 39.288806°S 174.084528°E / -39.288806; 174.084528 (Mount Egmont)
Mount Erin Napier, Hastings, and central Hawke's Bay 39°44′23″S 176°50′27″E / 39.73972°S 176.84083°E / -39.73972; 176.84083 (Mount Erin)
Mount Murchison Eastern Buller and western Tasman 41°43′45″S 172°29′58″E / 41.72917°S 172.49944°E / -41.72917; 172.49944 (Mount Murchison)
Mount Rochfort Westport and western Buller 41°46′43.2″S 171°44′25.9″E / 41.778667°S 171.740528°E / -41.778667; 171.740528 (Mount Rochfort)
Mount Studholme Timaru and South Canterbury 44°38′28.8″S 170°54′39″E / 44.641333°S 170.91083°E / -44.641333; 170.91083 (Mount Studholme)
Obelisk Central Otago 45°19′18.8″S 169°12′25.3″E / 45.321889°S 169.207028°E / -45.321889; 169.207028 (Obelisk)
Otahoua Wairarapa 40°58′32.1″S 175°45′16.5″E / 40.975583°S 175.754583°E / -40.975583; 175.754583 (Otahoua)
Paparoa Greymouth and Hokitika 42°24′11.5″S 171°20′33.8″E / 42.403194°S 171.342722°E / -42.403194; 171.342722 (Paparoa)
Peninsula Hill Queenstown 45°2′27″S 168°43′26″E / 45.04083°S 168.72389°E / -45.04083; 168.72389 (Peninsula Hill)
Sugarloaf Christchurch and Canterbury 43°36′13″S 172°38′58″E / 43.60361°S 172.64944°E / -43.60361; 172.64944 (Sugarloaf)
Te Aroha Hamilton and Waikato 37°32′2.1″S 175°44′31.4″E / 37.533917°S 175.742056°E / -37.533917; 175.742056 (Te Aroha)
Tuhingamata Taupo and southern Waikato/Bay of Plenty 38°42′32.5″S 175°59′48″E / 38.709028°S 175.99667°E / -38.709028; 175.99667 (Tuhingamata)
Waiatarua Auckland 36°55′34.5″S 174°34′5″E / 36.926250°S 174.56806°E / -36.926250; 174.56806 (Waiatarua)
Whakapunake Gisborne and East Coast 38°50′2.2″S 177°35′59.3″E / 38.833944°S 177.599806°E / -38.833944; 177.599806 (Whakapunake)
Wharite Peak Palmerston North and Manawatu 40°15′17″S 175°51′28″E / 40.25472°S 175.85778°E / -40.25472; 175.85778 (Wharite Peak)

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 Archived 8 February 2013 at the Wayback Machine. 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 Archived 9 October 2012 at the Wayback Machine. Kordia.co.nz (14 September 2011). Retrieved 23 July 2012.
  6. ^ Kordia launches lowest latency link to Microsoft Archived 10 May 2012 at the Wayback Machine. Kordia.co.nz (23 April 2012). Retrieved 23 July 2012.