Property or land development

Whether you're planning a greenfields subdivision, new apartment or office block, we can help deliver your phone and broadband requirements.

Planning a subdivison

Our Subdivision Group and Property Acquisitions team can work with you to plan and deliver the telecommunications network for your development, regardless of size. Contact them at 0800 SUB DVN (0800 782 386) or email

Copper or fibre? 

We're moving to fibre so here's a few guidelines to give you an idea of what we're likely to install:

  • Within our UFB zones: Any development will be serviced by our fibre network wherever possible. Visit our Broadband Capability Map to see if your development is in one of our UFB deployment zones.
  • Outside our UFB zones: Our preference is to install fibre wherever possible. There may be exceptions, especially in rural areas, where there is no fibre infrastructure and copper is the only option.

There are reticulation fees for delivering broadband infrastructure:

  • Within our UFB zones: $900 (ex GST) per lot for four lots or more
  • Outside our UFB zones: Varies depending on scope of work and can be determined by contacting our Subdivision Group.

Easements may also be required.

Network handover on each lot 

Our quotes are valid for 90 days and are subject to change after this period.

Once you've engaged The Subdivision Group (TSG) to design and quote for the reticulation of your new greenfields development, you'll be provided with a quote and design for the layout of the communal cabling infrastructure.

Thought needs be given to the siting of the building pad and the planned entrance into the building of the lead-in duct to avoid problems with hauling cable through the lead-in duct when retail services are eventually provisioned.

Care should be taken when planning on bringing a lead-in duct across the property. Laying of ducting under concrete footpaths or driveways should be avoided as should obstructions such as tree roots, sewer lines etc. as they can pose a risk when digging is required at a later date. Sharp bends should also be avoided as these restrict the ability to pull through replacement cables at a later date if required.

Ideally the lead-in path should have no bends. Where bends are unavoidable, these should be sweeping bends with any 90-degree bends having >340mm radius. (see Lead-in pipe guidelines for more detail).

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Multi-dwelling unit developments

If you're developing an apartment, retirement home, office or multi-use block for commercial, residential or mixed use, you should wire your multi-dwelling unit (MDU) to maximise the benefits of Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB).

There are four aspects of delivering fibre to an MDU:

  1. The consents process
  2. Bringing the fibre from the street to the building's communication room
  3. Delivering fibre via ducts to each floor
  4. Connecting apartments or offices to fibre.

Consents process 

Our UFB contract with Crown Fibre Holdings (CFH) requires us to seek consent from a building owner such as a body corporate, company or individual before installing UFB.

The consents process is kicked off by a residential or commercial tenant ordering UFB from their broadband provider and involves you consenting to:

  • Cover the cost of installing UFB in your building
  • Allowing access to the building to install the required infrastructure in the communications room and wider building
  • Permitting ongoing access to the premises for repairs and maintenance

We have a contract with Universal Communications Group (UCG) to connect UFB for Auckland and Wellington MDUs including terraced houses, low to high rise apartment blocks and offices. UCG is a specialist MDU design and construction provider with experience in delivering high volume, telecommunications deployments across a variety of technologies and will ensure the best possible solution.

Contribution costs 

If your building has commercial tenants or is over three stories high (including residential complexes), a contribution to cabling costs will be required.

If your building has commercial tenants or is over three stories high (including residential complexes), a contribution to cabling costs will be required.

We'll undertake a scope and design process where we may need access to your building to assess the work required. A written quote will be provided and work cannot commence until this is paid in full.

If the building is three stories or less and contains residential tenancies, there is a fund that contributes towards installation and there is likely to be no contribution required.

If the building is a mix of residential and commercial, the sum will be prorated i.e. we'll cover the costs of the residential tenancies and seek a contribution from you for the business tenancies.

For business installations, we'll contribute $1,000 per tenancy in the building towards the cost of the install build work plus a standard install for the external lead-in. Any additional contribution required for cabling and infrastructure above this amount will be quoted and charged to you, the building owner or body corporate. Build work cannot begin until the quote is accepted and the contribution is paid.


After you've received the quote for the install work, you need to accept this, sign our MDU installation agreement and return with a signed copy of the consent letter.


There are two aspects to connecting your building to the new UFB network.

  • The lead-in from the street
  • Delivering fibre within the building

Lead-in from the street

How we deliver fibre to your building is determined by how existing services are delivered i.e. if it's aerially, we'll likely use aerial cables.

Typically there's a distribution duct or cable running down the road-front boundary of each building with either a footway pit, pillar or direct ducting into a roadway pit being the Network Access Point for service delivery.

Thought needs be given to the planned entrance into the building of the lead-in pipe to avoid problems with hauling cable through the lead-in pipe when retail services are eventually provisioned to tenants. When developing greenfields sites, you should consult with us on the required lead-in pipe size and lay-line to the appropriate Network Access Point to ensure cable entry to the completed building is trouble-free.

We'll reinstate any surface we’ve disturbed on a “like for like” basis e.g. concrete where there was concrete or grass where there was grass. We can’t guarantee to match surface finish and our reinstatement is limited to the surface we’ve disturbed.

Small scale MDU lead-in and in-building cabling

Around the building

  1. Through existing risers/stairwells/ceilings: We'll try using existing ‘hidden’ routes to run fibre through depending on your building's design.
  2. Externally using conduit or capping: In certain cases, cabling will run on the outside of the building but we'll follow existing wiring and make the install as discrete as possible.
  3. Internally using discrete cabling techniques: Where we can't hide cabling, we may discreetly attach cable along the wall below the ceiling line in a tidy and linear manner in common areas such as corridors and stairwells.

It is important to note that each individual tenanted space within the development (e.g. shop, apartment, office) must have its own fibre service termination point (typically inside a Star Wiring Box located within the tenanted space).

Space must be available somewhere inside the premises (usually telco closet) to house the Internal Fibre Access Terminal which terminates the network fibre from the street.

Cable-riser capacity must be available within the development to bring vertical fibre cabling from the Internal Fibre Access Terminal to a distribution point on each floor where there must be capacity in horizontal cable trays to carry fibre conduit into each tenanted space.

We may still ‘build to order’ i.e. build common infrastructure and connections to the first customer that places an order with discretion to build more where it makes sense. However, build will be sufficient to ensure subsequent orders can be completed at no further cost to the building owner or you.

The building will be divided into zones based on the number of tenancies and factors such as the location of fire walls with a frame per zone. Subsequent installs will generally only involve External Termination Point (ETP) to Optical Network Terminal (ONT) cabling or at most frame to ETP to ONT.

Where the end user tenancy is served directly from the cabinet, it will be treated as a Single Dwelling Unit (SDU).

Buildings of three stories or less
Large MDUs

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When you subdivide land, there's generally a requirement from the local council to provision the new lots with phone and broadband supply.

Installing cable 

Contact our Subdivision Group on 0800 SUB DVN (0800 782 386) or email who can assist with your design and build.

Easements are needed for network cabling and service lead-in cables and pipes (where applicable).

For new installs, your first port of call is to contact our Subdivision Group on 0800 SUB DVN (0800 782 386) or email who can assist with your design and build.

We need an easement where network cabling is laid over a section of land but services a different section. Once the design of the cabling has been completed and the section boundaries and easement areas are identified in favour of Chorus New Zealand Limited, the easement needs to be created.

Existing cable 

Where cabling is already installed before the land is subdivided, the developer or surveyor can have existing network cabling identified by requesting a plan from beforeUdig. Please contact your solicitor regarding this.

Easement process 

Your solicitor will need to provide us with the survey plan of the subdivision showing easement areas in favour of Chorus New Zealand Limited, a completed Authority and Instruction Form, and an Easement Instrument:

These forms are templates and we do not expect any amendments to the provisions of the easement instrument.

Scan and email these these forms when filled out to along with the final survey plan of the subdivision.

We have a team of property acquisition representatives, who will be in touch to advise who is looking after the request. Our team endeavour to have the easement executed, scanned and emailed back to you within ten working days of receiving accurately completed documentation from the solicitor.

We scan the documents so the solicitor can proceed with the easement registration and we send the original copy to the solicitor afterwards for their records.

There is a processing fee for the subdivision easements of $153.33 (including GST) that will be invoiced to the solicitor acting on our behalf after the documents are signed.

Any questions on the easement process, please email our team at