Our Programme

An East Coast family celebrates digital skills, computer and internet
An East Coast family celebrates having digital skills, computer and the internet

The programme works via low decile schools, to help families in underserved communities use the internet, email and basic computer skills in their everyday lives, enhancing their performance at school and work.

The 2013 Census shows that 62,000 households with around 200,000 school-aged children do not have internet access.

In 14 years of operation, Computers in Homes has helped connect more than 14,000 families.

In the financial year July 2013 – June 2014, we provided support for 1637 families.  The Digital Literacy and Connection (DLC) programme funded support for 1500 families; a further 40 families received contributory funding from Nga Mataapuna Oranga as part of a Bay of Plenty Whānau Ora Collective initiative. We also provide support for refugee families in the Ministry of Education-funded Computers in Homes programme, reaching 93 families in 2013 – 2014.

“I would recommend the Computers in Homes programme to anyone who wishes to learn how to use a computer or advance existing skills.  It has definitely enriched our lives and I no longer feel as if technology is passing us by.” Computers in Homes graduate 5 years on.

How it works

For a cost of $50, families receive free training, a recycled computer, 12 month subsidised Internet connection, and technical support.Read more

CiH Regions

Delivering in areas of greatest need. Computers in Homes is currently active in 19 targeted regions.  Click below for full regional details:Read more

BYOD Equity Pilot

BYOD Product ordering suspended until further notice 12 July 2015  New orders of BYOD products have been suspended whilst we are evaluating the Pilot scheme.  The evaluation will show whether we should reactivate, revise or terminate the BYOD scheme. We are still happy to take expressions of interest from schools, and information about the schemeRead more