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How APNK works

In consultation with the National Crisis Management Centre, the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment, District and City Councils and the National Librarian the decision was made to turn off the APNK public Wi-Fi from 31 March until further notice.

This decision was made to support the Alert Level 4 restrictions of encouraging community members to stay in their bubble and not congregate at public libraries to access the Wi-Fi.

APNK operates on a cost-sharing model with the National Library, allocating hardware to council regions on a per-population basis. Strategic guidance is provided by an Advisory Group.

Funding and payment model

APNK operates on a sustainable cost-sharing model between the National Library and local councils, with the National Library covering the majority of costs. Total costs for each region are calculated at a rate per head of population, based on 2018 census estimates.

The council are responsible for all installation costs relating to Wi-Fi Access Points (WAPs).

When councils join APNK, they sign an agreement that covers all relevant terms of the arrangement. The current agreement period runs to 2025. There is an option of leaving APNK in 2022 with no exit penalties.

How hardware is allocated

Hardware is allocated using a formula based partly on population. Councils are allocated a number of points depending on population size. They then use the points to select hardware to suit the needs of each library.

The primary hardware options are:

• 20” desktop computers
• 23” touchscreen desktop computers
• 14” laptop
• A4 colour printer
• A4 scanner
• additional Wi-Fi Access Portal (WAP)
• an external WAP, for offsite use such as on a mobile library vehicle (available from 2020).

Governance — APNK Advisory Group

The strategic direction of APNK is guided by the APNK Advisory Group. The Group reviews fees and the business development plan on an annual basis.

Membership of the group is made up of a mix of stakeholders, representing the library managers association (PLNZ), the National Library, the local government association (LGNZ), and the member libraries themselves.

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