By New Zealand Herald

Census figures revealing a population growth spurt in Ruakaka could be a reflection of strong support for a new Marsden City, a project that may include a new manufacturing plant and an IT university and data centre. An IT university and data centre could also be in the mix, he said, with the Hawaiki Cable planned to be built within the next two years in Whangarei.

Plans are pressing ahead for the 14,000km submarine cable, which will carry massive amounts of electronic data, enough to transfer 468 DVDs per second on a connection linking Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii and the west coast of the United States.

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