Hutt News: Parents learn new skills to help their tamariki

Hutt News, Blake Crayton-Brown  At first, many of them thought they would never master the skills they were being taught. A lot were ashamed about the lack of knowledge they had and how far behind their children they felt they were. But after 10 weeks, 21 parents and adult members of the Te Ara Whanui whānau graduated with a wide range of new computer skills – and a free computer to take home. ... Read more

Ivan Lomax – Bridging the Digital Divide on the East Coast

Radio New Zealand talks to Ivan Lomax, about extending fast broadband from  schools to local communities on the eastern Bay of Plenty, where one in three families lack access to the internet. Ivan is co-founder and director of Wifi Connect, and also Computers in Homes Regional Coordinator for the East Coast. ... Read more

Affordable internet is rolled out to homes on the East Coast

Unlimited broadband as cheap as chips in rural areas? Impossible right? No. Wifi Connect on the East Coast is providing this service to communities knowing many can’t afford high internet rates. Pere Wihongi of Te Karere TVNZ talks to Ivan Lomax,  director of Wifi Connect in beautiful Tokomaru Bay. ... Read more

Internet access in Tolaga Bay is about to get faster and cheaper for some residents. Photo: RNZ / Alexander Robertson

School hooks up neighbours with UFB

Radio NZ 10/9/2015: An isolated kura on the East Coast of the North Island is to share its ultra-fast broadband with the community at a reduced cost, as part of the government’s drive to improve broadband internet access. Tolaga Bay Area School and a local business, WiFi Connect, have paired up to provide the service. ... Read more

Sixty new Computers in Homes graduates in Kaitaia

Story & Photo by Kirsty Saxon, 28 September 2015  This week sixty new Computers in Homes graduates gathered at the Te Ahu Centre for their graduation ceremony.  The students have just completed their twenty hours of free computer training at the Te Ahu Centre under the fantastic guidance of Debbie Cloete.  Far North REAP Chief ... Read more

Māori Television item on Computers in Homes in Papakura - click to watch

Māori TV features Papakura Computers in Homes

On 10 May 2015, Māori Television news showed Kea Te Kani (Waikato) using Skype to talk to her son, and helping her nephew do his homework using the computer.  (Click picture to watch.) Kea said, “I really didn’t have the confidence (to use email and computer) before I started this computer course.” Now she has, after ... Read more

Government to support another 1500 families for Computers in Homes

An announcement today by Education Ministers Parata and Kaye, that funding for Computers in Homes will be extended in 2015-16 to support another 1500 families has been welcomed by the 2020 Trust. “We appreciate this on-going support from Government,” said Vanisa Dhiru, the 2020 Trust’s new Executive Director. “We especially appreciate the early notice”. ... Read more

“It is awesome!” – Computer in Homes families tell their stories

As well as project reports and outcomes, the 2014 Computers in Homes Annual Report (pdf) includes these personal stories: “I always just thought I couldn’t learn…” “I had dyslexia early and I always just thought I couldn’t learn, I have a learning disability! When computing came along, I thought ‘I’d never be able to do that’. Now ... Read more