Tairawhiti (East Coast/Gisborne/Wairoa)

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Irirangi Te Kani
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Haere mai! Welcome to the Tairawhiti region of Computers in Home, including East Coast, Gisborne and Wairoa.

Haere mai! to Tairawhiti REAP, Computers in Home’s new delivery partner for the region.

Haere mai! also to Irirangi Te Kani, the new Coordinator and to Ani Pahuru-Huriwai, the Tumuaki/Executive Director of Tairawhiti REAP.

Gisborne/East Coast Annual Report: Gisborne/East Coast has graduated 45 whānau in 2015-16 with one roll out being coordinated through the Tairawhiti Technology Trust (TaiTech). The remainder were coordinated through three school programmes, one in Gisborne and two on the East Coast.

Over half of the families who graduated this year were based in small townships on the East Coast. Both Hatea-a-Rangi School in Tokomaru Bay and Tolaga Bay Area School (TBAS) are very keen to get as many of their school whānau connected to the internet as possible. TBAS has a Third Party Occupancy Lease with a local WiFi provider to share their schools fibre optic connection; this partnership was able to reach a further 18 whānau.

Hinewai’s success story

Hinewai from Hatea-a-Rangi School graduated in September 2015 and has benefited enormously from her CiH computer and especially the WiFi broadband connection. “With three teenagers and also a primary aged child in the house the internet has been a huge bonus. They are able to continue with school work and research using their devices and the home desktop computer”, remarks Hinewai.

Living in a small rural community 100 kilometres from Gisborne has allowed the whole whānau to shop online for bargains from outlets outside of Gisborne. Trademe is a big favourite with everyone getting bargains from clothing, boogie boards to the ‘must have’ technology bits and pieces for the tamariki. With the last bank on the East Coast closing recently the use of internet banking has been encouraged throughout the community and Hinewai has taken up this challenge and is now a regular internet banker.

Youngest teenager Tanaya says, “with many of my whānau and friends not living in Tokomaru Bay the internet has been real cool for me to stay in contact with everyone who I am close to. Most of my classmates live in Tolaga Bay so I can still keep up with everyone and know what’s going on”.

The internet has helped Hinewai with paying bills online, searching for bargains and keeping in contact with her whānau who are scattered between the East Coast, Rotorua and Australia.

Recent Graduations

The map shows Computers in Homes Training Centres where students from local schools have graduated recently. Zoom & drag map, click icons for details

Information sourced from the Digital Inclusion Map

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