Innovation Partnership shares a vision for a digital New Zealand

The Innovation Partnership released a discussion document today about its vision for a digital New Zealand.  This aligns well with the 2020 Trust’s mission – Enabling New Zealanders to fully participate in a digital world.  The Innovation Partnership’s vision has three outcomes: (1) a digitally capable generation; (2) a digitally capable economy; and (3) a ... Read more

Wesley Primary School wins HP Chromebooks

Wesley Primary School in Auckland was the second school to receive HP Chromebooks in the prize draw for completing the recent 2020 Trust survey on Digital Technologies in Schools.  Deputy Principal, Claire Edwards, was on hand to receive the five HP chromebooks when they were delivered this week by 2020 Contracts Director, Laurence Zwimpfer and Computers ... Read more

Michael Howden - Trustee

Digital Inclusion in Auckland the Focus for Meetup Group

Twenty digital champions met in Auckland yesterday to progress Auckland’s digital inclusion agenda.  The lunchtime meetup was convened by the 2020 Communications Trust in partnership with InternetNZ and chaired by Michael Howden, 2020 Trustee.  It included education providers, community organisations, IT suppliers and the Auckland Council. A Digital Inclusion for All draft plan was tabled to stimulate discussion; ... Read more

Lottery Grant to help unemployed gain digital skills

The 2020 Trust signed a Lottery Grant Agreement today for $1.4M over three years that will result in 7500 unemployed people obtaining basic digital skills.  The programme called KiwiSkills 21C (Digital Skills for 21st Century Workers) uses the internationally-recognised ICDL online training and testing products to upskill participants with essential digital skills for life and work. ... Read more

Chertsey School wins Chromebooks in Survey Prize Draw

Chertsey School in mid-Canterbury, near Ashburton, was the winner of the prize draw for ten new turquoise HP Chromebooks.  They were delivered to the school today by Laurence Zwimpfer from the 2020 Trust and 2020 intern Kyle Cotchett.  The school was drawn at random from the 729 schools that completed the Digital Technologies in Schools ... Read more

Laurence Zwimpfer, 2020 Contracts Director

UFB for all or a new digital divide?

Minister Amy Adams’ announcement today that more than half a million households, businesses, schools and health centres are now able to connect to ultra-fast broadband is a significant milestone on New Zealand’s journey to become a digitally empowered nation.  What began as a vision some years ago is rapidly becoming a reality for many New Zealanders. ... Read more

Laurence Zwimpfer, 2020 Contracts Director

Online Voting – Report raises access concerns

A report released today from the Online Voting Working Party raises concerns that a significant number of people could miss out if New Zealand were to proceed with ‘online-only’ voting in the 2016 local authority elections.  While the 2013 World Internet Project concludes that 92% of New Zealanders use the Internet, the 2013 Census suggests a somewhat different ... Read more

Government Inquiry recognises Computers in Homes

A new report, tabled in Parliament yesterday, on parental engagement in lifting student achievement acknowledges the contribution that Computers in Homes is making in strengthening relationships and engagement with children and their families.  The report was prepared by the Education and Science Select Committee and chaired by National MP, Dr Cam Calder.  The report acknowledges ... Read more

Sarah Lee elected to InternetNZ Council

InternetNZ’s AGM tonight announced the successful candidates in the recent election for Council members and what a delight it was to hear the returning officer announce that Sarah Lee had been provisionally elected to the Council.  The results were examined and certified by the official scrutineer on Friday 1 August. Sarah is currently the National Marketing Executive for the 2020 Trust’s ... Read more

Digital inclusion a key indicator of intelligent communities

Digital inclusion is one of five key measures that the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) uses for assessing “intelligent” communities. The other measures are broadband connectivity, knowledge workforce, innovation and marketing / advocacy. Robert Bell, an ICF co-founder from New York, outlined what it takes to be an intelligent community at a public talk in Wanganui today.  Wanganui is ... Read more