This page outlines past digital literacy and community ICT projects and programmes of the 20/20 Trust.
Projects end for many reasons. Some are closed because the community need is satisfied, no longer exists or has become the responsibility of other trusts or ‘mainstream’ organisations. Other projects did not deliver enough perceived benefit to be worth continuing; or close down because funding and social capital (volunteers’ time, energy and enthusiasm) are exhausted.
During 2018, the Board decided to focus on core programmes that deliver digital skills and inclusion; as a result a number of programmes have been transferred to other organisations.
The Digital Inclusion Aotearoa Alliance was established to take over the operations of Stepping UP, Spark Jump and DORA.
- Stepping UP promotes digital literacy in subjects that enhance peoples’ work and home lives. Partnering with libraries and community training centres throughout New Zealand has created greater community outreach and outcomes. It offers 31 different topic-focused modules with each taking two hours to complete.
- Spark Jump is a low-cost, pre-pay internet service for families with school-aged children, from the Spark Foundation.
- DORA is a mobile digital learning centre.
Notable earlier projects include:
- CANZ (Computer Access New Zealand)
- Living Heritage
- Pasifika IT
- Positive Computing (for Parents)
- Smart Newtown
- The Headlight Series
- WCN (Wellington Community Net)
CANZ (Computer Access New Zealand) 1999-2010
The Computer Access New Zealand Trust (CANZ) was set up in 1999 and was replaced in 2010. It facilitated refurbishment of unwanted computer equipment from government and businesses, and its reuse by schools and community organisations.
CANZ accredited computer refurbishing companies to use the CANZ quality brand. This meant they shared a code of practice and an acceptable use policy for branded machines.
Accredited refurbishers sold used equipment donated by commercial and government organisations, usually about three years old. This equipment, all quality ‘name’ brands, was refurbished, upgraded as necessary and sold with a warranty and after-sales service. Prices were significantly lower than for new computers. Schools which have bought CANZ machines consistently found them reliable and good for several years more service. When CANZ computers finally reached the end of their useful life, refurbishers took them back for environmental recycling.
The need for computer refurbishment diminished as computer prices fell, and funding for school computers became mainstream. The emphasis shifted towards recyling via annual eDays, and on 1 July 2010, the Computer Access New Zealand Trust was replaced by the eDay New Zealand Trust. The CANZ website has been retained for historical purposes.
Thousands of pupils used computers supplied to schools by CANZ accredited refurbishers; refurbishers were spurred to adopt best practices (most formerly CANZ accredited refurbishers are still in business); many CANZ machines were used for Computers in Homes; many computers were kept out of landfill for years; NZ business had a reliable and ethical disposal route.
Electronic waste (e-waste) can seriously harm the environment, wildlife and human health when dumped in landfills.
eDay was an annual cars-only drive-through recycling event which gave New Zealanders the opportunity to recycle old computers or mobile phones in an environmentally sustainable way. Arrangements were made with creditable recycling organisations who took containers full of collected ewaste, and was organised by CANZ and the the eDay Trust.
Never intended as more than a stop-gap measure, and dependent on partner support and government funding, eDays were run from 2007 – 2010. In 2011, ‘despite strong interest from local communities and support from eDay partners, eDay cannot proceed without substantial central government support’. There has been no NZ eDay since then.
eDay Trust estimates that over 4 eDays, 57,700 cars dropped off 272,900 items totalling 3,220 tons of e-waste
Living Heritage 2001-2016
Living Heritage is an online bilingual initiative that enabled New Zealand and Pacific Island schools to develop and publish an online resource, based on a taonga or heritage treasure in their community.
It is a place online where schools and young people present their own web pages about their local community and taonga. The website encouraged school students to use digital technologies for learning. Living Heritage sites were locked when completed and are preserved for ever by the National Library as part of New Zealand’s digital heritage archive.
As schools developed their own websites, and as Facebook, WordPress and Blogger made publishing online mainstream, the need (and funding) for Living Heritage dropped away. The stories and webpages created over the years remain a taonga, and we thank the National Library for its commitment to preserving Living Heritage stories forever.
Visit the Living Heritage archive at the New Zealand National Library for more information and to browse local heritage taonga.
NetDay was the first large 20/20 Trust project, and helped schools install CAT 5 data- cabling to connect their classroom and office computers and printers to each other and to the internet. This enabled teachers and pupils to make better use of the scarce and expensive computer equipment of the day.
Beginning as an annual NetDay in Wellington in 1996, the programme soon went national, and gained wide support from schools, volunteers, government, politicians, businesses – including Telecom – and the media.
Over 5 years, around 26,000 volunteers gave around 50,000 volunteer hours in over 500 schools. When NetDay started 20% of all schools had been networked. By 2001 that had increased to 85% – around 2,700 schools in New Zealand.
NetDay helped tens of thousands of students throughout New Zealand gain access to the technology tools they need for their education in the 21st Century. It also helped staff and volunteers learn about networking and cabling, and helped establish computer cabling as part of normal school infrastructure and funding.
Positive Computing For Parents And Caregivers
There is no disputing the growing impact of computers and the Internet on all our lives, and especially our children. Parents and care givers have a special responsibility to care for their children as much when they are online as when they are undertaking other activities. Positive Computing for Parents (PCP) was developed to support parents and care givers in this role.
Positive Computing for parents and care givers was a national training programme promoting best practice in the use of ICT in the home. It covered such topics as choosing ICT products for the home, where to place them, Internet safety, how to help children with their use of computers for homework, communication, games, etc.
The need for Positive Computing courses diminished as computers and Internet use and knowledge became widespread in schools and homes, and government and other organisations like Netsafe addressed security and safety issues.
Smart Newtown 2000-2013
Smart Newtown established computer hubs with free internet access, technical support and training programmes for local citizens in the Wellington suburb of Newtown. It was a partnership between community organisations, schools, 20/20, Wellington City Council (who provided funding and old surplus computers) computer recyclers and other businesses.
The Smart Newtown Pilot programme aimed to create a community where all residents have the skills and facilities to participate online.
Newtown was chosen because of its diverse needs, breadth of ethnic groups, corridor of educational institutions, geographic closeness of participating institutions, and accessibility to broadband internet connections.
The project management passed to Wellington ICT on its establishment in 2002.
Smart Newtown continues to operate successfully and now managed by the Newtown Community Centre Trust.
The Headlight Series 2011-12
The Headlight Series was created by the 20/20 Trust as an opportunity for interested people from businesses, communities, government, the ICT sector and academia to come together and shine a light on the road ahead. Several seminars were held in locations throughout New Zealand.
WCN (Wellington Community Net) 1995-2010
Beginning when websites were new and tricky things to setup, Wellington Community Net provided free website hosting, technical support, training and assistance for community and voluntary organisations in Wellington city. Set up by 20/20 as part of the initial Smart City project, it was later run by Wellington ICT.
In time cheap & easier web-hosting became available. Wellington Council funding ceased, and on 1 July 2010 Wellington Community Net Trust (WCNT) made up of WCN hosted organisations took over responsibility for operating the Wellington Community Net (WCN) website hosting service.
In its heyday, around 600 websites were hosted on a sponsored server and connection. WCN provided free but highly valued service and support for 15 years to hundreds of community organisations, helping them transition to today’s connected world.