NORRCOM was formed and its first job in December that year was to review the network infrastructure at Paraparaumu College. NORRCOM prepared a report and the BOT adopted all of its findings, installing a gigabit fibre mesh network delivering a system that needed very little maintenance. NORRCOM had one employee Paul Norris, the founder and CEO.
NORRCOM signed its first support contracts with Paraparaumu College, Kapiti College and Waikanae Primary (NORRCOM still provides ICT Support and Service to these customers). We also established contracts with several Wellington based businesses. Our first office was established (at the bottom of the garden) and we recruited our first
Team grows to 5
NORRCOM moved to our first offices in central Paraparaumu, our team had expanded to to 5 with contracts at schools in Hutt Valley, Wellington, Kapiti and beyond.
NORRCOM was now establishing itself as the company of choice for ICT in and around the region, the team grew and we established the first school based community WiFi on the Kapiti coast, using solar panels and marine batteries, this system (still in place) linked schools from Otaki to Paekakariki and in the days of expensive internet shared the load between local schools. We also experimented with hotspot software
Word gets out about NORRCOM
NORRCOM was now well underway establishing itself as a leader in affordable open computer systems. Gone were the lock down, im better than you approach and in are the self empowering explain dont preach approach to computing. This being the bedrock of our business – ‘treat everybody as would expect to be treated yourself’
WiFi Linking schools
NORRCOM revolutionise the way WiFi is delivered by installing a community wide MESH network to support schools across the region. NORRCOM linked various repeaters and bespoke access points at various schools including Kapiti College, Paraparaumu College, Waikanae Primary, Raumati South, Kapanui and Paekakariki.
Auckland here we come
Auckland – NORRCOM are the chosen provider for Stonefields school. NORRCOM establish a branch in Auckland with Dip heading up the region (Dip is still doing this today). We appreciated the gumption it took for Stonefields to go with NORRCOM and to this day appreciate everything Sarah and the team did to make Auckland such a success for us.
And then to BOP
Golden Sands school appoint NORRCOM as the ICT provider of choice, NORRCOM now branch out into Bay of Plenty. NORRCOM assisted Golden Sands with the new build and have developed an excellent working relationship with Paul Dip and the team.
New Office – Team of 8
Working from new offices at Kapiti lights, NORRCOM now had a permanent base to deliver ICT solutions, we had grown more than 100% per year and were busy establishing process and procedure. Without the forward thinking and dedication of this initial team were nothing was too much bother NORRCOM would not have been the company it is today.
And then 6 Offices
NORRCOM have now opened physical offices in Wellington, Kapiti, Palmerston North, New Plymouth, Hawkes Bay, Bay of Plenty, Auckland and Blenhiem with Christchurch opening shortly.
Family means family
NORRCOM have been growing across the country with new schools choosing NORRCOM as thier ICT provider. Paul and Christine who started the company are now taking a back seat assisting Christopher manage NORRCOM, we have always been a family focused business and believe Christopher has these values.