Photo of Mercia-Dawn Yates, Regional coordinator, Rotorua RegionRegional Coordinator
Mercia-Dawn Yates

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Delivery Partner

Annual Report 2015-16: Towards the end of the 2015–16 financial year, we welcomed the Ngā Pūmanawa e Waru (NPeW) Trust as a new Computers in Homes delivery partner for the Rotorua district. Mercia-Dawn Yates, Director of Engagement for NPeW and local coordinator for Computers in Homes, was quick to register 25 families onto the CiH programme, with training starting in July 2016.

The Ngā Pūmanawa e Waru Trust was established as a separate entity in 2016, building on the work started in 2013 by Excel Rotorua, supporting an education focused Social Sector Trial aimed at harnessing the efforts of the whole community to see all children and young people in Rotorua reach their potential. The vision for NPeW is for Rotorua to be “a great place to learn, where all learners are engaged and excelling in their education, supported by great teachers and their whānau. Their education is enhanced by the provision of a personal digital device with assured connectivity at school, at home and within the community.”

High demand for internet access

NPeW’s vision for whānau engagement aligns well with Computers in Homes. This includes ensuring that all Rotorua learners have access to the internet not only at school but also at home. The 2013 Census revealed that 25% of households in the Rotorua District with school-aged children did not have access to the internet in their homes, compared to a national average of 15%. This means that nearly 1700 households did not have internet access – around 4000 students out of a total of 13,400.

Engaging parents in children’s learning

While a key focus for NPeW is to help all Rotorua learners obtain access to their own digital learning device, the Trust recognises the importance of engaging parents in their children’s learning. The 20 hours of training provided to all Computers in Homes families helps to address this need by giving both parents and other whanau with responsibility for school-aged children the opportunity to build their own digital skills and gain the confidence to use computers and the internet to support their tamariki and mokopuna.

A highlight for NPeW during the year was the inaugural Education Conference – Rotorua A Great Place to Learn, held on 31 March 2016. The conference was well supported by education innovators from around New Zealand, as well as local teachers and school leaders.

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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