• Pulse of our Nation MBIE report looks at digital in/exclusion in NZ

    Digital Divide exposed by ‘Pulse of our Nation’ report

    Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media Clare Curran has released a research report describing the digital divide in New Zealand. Ms Curran says: “We’re doing well in terms of improving connectivity for New Zealanders, but while more people are getting better connectivity, more people are also being left behind. Read more

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    Subsidised broadband Spark Jump bridges Digital Divide in Hutt City

    Spark Jump subsidised broadband is now available in Lower Hutt thanks to a collaboration with ACTS Institute and the Spark Foundation. Spark Jump is for families with children up to the age of 18 who do not currently have a broadband connection at home and have suitable 4G coverage. Read more at Stepping Up

  • New NZ report: the State of the Internet 2017

    20/20 strategic partner InternetNZ has released the 2017 State of the Internet report, looking at 1) access to the Internet, 2) creative uses of the Internet, and 3) look at trust and security issues in New Zealand. Amongst other conclusions, InternetNZ said “We are going to focus much more on digital divides…” Read more

  • Coding is deeply creative work, say Nidhi Kulkarni and Erin Parker, co-founders of Spitfire Athlete, a strength training app.

    300+ Hour of Code events for NZ students next week

    The annual global ‘Hour of Code’ campaign is next week, 4th December to 10th December, in Computer Science Education Week.  According to hourofcode.com 302 events are taking place in New Zealand next week, including Minecraft in Te Reo. Read more

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    Challenges in Dunedin and Otago

    Janine Lonergan, the Otago Region Co-ordinator reviews the challenges and outcomes of 2016-2017 as we await the restored Computers in Homes funding. Read more at Computers in Homes

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    Spark Jump broadband now in Kaiapoi and Rangiora libraries

    Spark Jump subsidised broadband is available in Kaiapoi and Rangiora thanks to a collaboration with Waimakariri Libraries and the Spark Foundation. Spark Jump is for families with children up to the age of 18 who do not currently have a broadband connection at home and have suitable 4G coverage. Read more at Stepping Up

  • 20/20 goes to prison

    June Robinson (ICDL Manager) was part of a very special graduation ceremony in Auckland last week. In partnership with the Department of Corrections, the ICDL team have planned and implemented a pilot programme to improve the digital literacy of women in prison. Read more at ICDL New Zealand

  • COMPUTER CONFIDENCE: Te Puke’s Pat Govan attended several free computer classes at Te Puke Library. The classes are being offered again between now and mid-November. © Te Puke Times

    Boost your computer skills

    Te Puke’s Pat Govan admits she used to be wary of using her computer — but not now. After taking advantage of the free Stepping UP computer courses offered by Te Puke Library earlier this year she is using it more and more. Read more at Stepping Up

  • The Hon. Clare Curran giving her first Ministerial Keynote speech, at NetHui

    Digital inclusion: “We must never leave anyone behind” – Hon. Clare Curran

    The Hon. Clare Curran, the new Minister for Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media, and for Government Digital Services laid out the new government plans and her priority action list today. In her  wide ranging speech – her first keynote speech as Minister – Clare Curran covered many digital issues, with a strong and consistent thread of digital inclusion and of addressing the rise of digital inequality in NZ. Read more

  • Beyond adversity – starting again, keeping safe

    Tania van der Vegte, then Whanganui Region Co-ordinator says “One of the difficult and rewarding parts of being a Computers in Homes Coordinator are the families’ stories of their lives. I have had the privilege of hearing several of our Computers in Homes families sharing with me their stories including those involving domestic violence.” Read more at Computers in Homes