The Hon Amy Adams, Minister for Communications, dropped in to visit DORA, at the recent NetHui South held in Christchurch. Minister Adams had just given the opening address at NetHui south where she acknowledged the work of the 2020 Trust in promoting digital literacy through its Computers in Homes programme. In her presentation, she noted that the fibre roll-out was running ahead of schedule, especially for schools, where nearly 90% of all schools already have access to fibre. The government has recently expanded the UFB target to reach 80% of all households by the year 2020 and has committed a further $150M to expand the reach of the RBI programme in rural New Zealand. With the fibre infrastructure programme well advanced, the Minister indicated that the government is now turning its attention to focus on the uptake and use of the network.
The 2020 team took an active part in NetHui South, which ran in Christchurch over two days (21-22 November). Sue Davidson, Computers in Homes Coordinator for Christchurch, co-facilitated a session on digital inclusion. Sarah Lee, ICDL Marketing Executive, was a panellist in a discussion on privacy and security. Laurence Zwimpfer, Contracts Director, hosted a digital inclusion breakfast, attended by 30 people.
DORA is the Trust’s mobile digital classroom, developed with support from InternetNZ and other business partners, following the Christchurch earthquakes.