A highlight of the quarterly meeting of Computers in Homes coordinators, held in Rotorua on 27 and 28 August 2014, was a visit to Wingspan to view a stunning flying display by the resident New Zealand falcons. Some of the coordinators even fancied themselves as budding falconers! The visit came at the end of a day and half of meetings reviewing progress with the Computers in Homes programme and exploring some new challenges.
One of the more interesting challenges (and opportunities) for our programme is to start offering Computers in Homes families in urban areas a UFB (Ultra-Fast Broadband) internet connection instead of a copper-based DSL service. The first families to take up this new option are in Dunedin with local internet parter, WIC. This will not be an option everywhere as the UFB rollout is still in progress in most regions; furthermore, the current higher prices for UFB services will also present a challenge for CiH families.
Coordinators also had the opportunity to meet with a number of local CIH and ICDL partners -Shane Hobson, Chair of Web Access Waikato Trust, John Chemis, CEO of Eastbay REAP, Martin Steinmann, Business Development Manager and Whanau Ora Project for Nga Mataapuna Oranga, Dave Burnett and Derek Roser from the Chamber of Commerce in Tauranga, Darrin Walsh from the Chamber of Commerce in Rotorua and local Ministry of Education staff, Jon Dimock and Cheryl Bunker.
We welcomed the opportunity to meet with these partners; we rely on their ongoing support for the successful delivery of our digital literacy programmes.