Slingshot offers six months free broadband to New Zealand's frontline workers

The company says the deal is available to the first 50,000 who sign up.
The company says the deal is available to the first 50,000 who sign up. Photo credit: Getty Images / Slingshot

Internet provider Slingshot is offering free, unlimited broadband for six months to New Zealand's frontline workers.

The company's chief executive Taryn Hamilton says the offer acknowledges efforts from police, nurses, teachers, midwives and more during the extraordinary times Aotearoa has faced recently.  

"We want to show thanks the best way we know, by keeping our frontline connected with friends and family for free," he said.

The offer is available to the first 50,000 who sign up for the deal and can prove their profession. At the end of the six months, users can then leave the provider with no questions asked.

The deal applies to Slingshot's most popular fibre plan, which offers 100Mbps download speed with no data caps. It has the potential to save people up to $500 over the course of the offer.

Users who require faster speeds will be able to upgrade to the company's Gigantic plan, which offers up to 900Mbps download and 450Mbps upload speeds for $10 per month.

"We've all heard stories of the individuals who go above and beyond, like the teacher who buys extras for their classroom, the nurse bringing their own equipment to work, or the proud lifeguard buying their own wetsuit," Hamilton said.

"There's not a family in New Zealand which hasn't been helped by a frontline worker, so we  are stoked to recognise their work and give something valuable back," Hamilton said.

Unfortunately for frontline workers already with Slingshot the offer is only available to new customers. However, the company is offering those customers a "special discount" of an undisclosed value, but only if they call and ask for it.

The full list of eligible professions is:


  • Correction employees
  • Custom officers
  • Police association members


  • Nurses, including nursing assistants
  • Midwives
  • Physiotherapists
  • Mental health and addiction support workers
  • Social workers
  • Counsellors


  • Paramedics
  • Firefighters, including volunteer firefighters
  • Rescue Helicopter: Operational Crew
  • Coastguards
  • Land Search and Rescue Volunteers
  • Wellington free ambulance
  • Surf Lifesaving


  • Navy
  • Army
  • Air Force


  • Early childcare / Kindergarten teachers
  • Primary teachers
  • Secondary teachers