Kaiti computer hub to teach young and old

Ka Pai Kaiti manager Tuta Ngarimu with a group of kaumatua as they learn the ins and outs of computers. Picture by Rebecca Grunwell & Gisborne Herald
Ka Pai Kaiti manager Tuta Ngarimu with a group of kaumatua as they learn the ins and outs of computers. Picture by Rebecca Grunwell & Gisborne Herald

Gisborne Herald December 2017:  In a joint venture between Ka Pai Kaiti and Tairawhiti Technology Trust (Taitech, a 20/20 Partner), Ka Pai Kaiti have opened a computer hub offering computer courses for anyone in the community.

A community education and connectivity resource

Ka Pai Kaiti manager Tuta Ngarimu says the space is important, as it provides the community with education and connectivity. “We have a lot of vision of where we are heading and what we are wanting to do. We hope people use this as a community resource.”

Ka Pai Kaiti’s computer hub was officially opened this week and is welcoming anyone, young or old, to use the space as a resource to learn and grow digital knowledge.

Digital literacy focus

TaiTech’s focus for the hub over the next few months includes providing digital literacy programmes for all levels of understanding in the community, from beginners through to advanced.

Ka Pai Kaiti’s manager Tuta Ngarimu says the community needed to keep up with the times.

Tackling the Digital Divide in Kaiti

“In Kaiti we felt as though there was a divide was growing between the community, especially with our kaumatua not understanding the connectivity and importance of technology.

Older ones first

“In the five minutes we have been here so many of our elderly community have come through the doors and have been able to learn something, they had a lot of fear before they were taught the basics.

“At the moment we are focusing on courses for our older ones, however this is a space for the whole community.”

Come talk with us

“We want to discuss with people possible opportunities for future collaborations, we are here to support any mahi in our community that aligns with our kaupapa.”

More information:

Read the full article in the Gisborne Herald

Ka Pai Kaiti Trust: kapaikaiti.com

Tairawhiti Technology Trust (Taitech) www.taitech.co.nz