Get South Auckland Online, Learning and Connected!

People living in the four Auckland Local Board areas that make up The Southern Initiative  (TSI) are among the most digitally disconnected in New Zealand. According to the 2013 Census 38% of the 74,904 households in TSI do not have an internet connection in their homes.  This compares with a national (and Auckland-wide) average of 15%.  Since NetHui ... Read more

Lyall Bay students recognised for Living Heritage site

Seven year 5 and 6 students at Lyall Bay School received certificates at a special assembly held at the school today to recognise their efforts in creating the latest Living Heritage site.  The students chose the subject of School Milk and created a very informative site about the history of milk in New Zealand schools (the ... Read more

Dunedin wins Gigatown and commits to close the digital divide

The Hon Amy Adams announced Dunedin as the successful Gigatown at a function hosted by Chorus this evening.  Mayor Dave Cull was on hand along with Digital Community Trust Chair, Peter Hills, to accept the Award. Other finalists were Gisborne, Nelson, Timaru and Wanaka. Outcome 3 of Dunedin’s digital plan, submitted as part of the ... Read more

Deputy Speaker guest at NCCG Hui

Deputy Speaker of the House, the Hon Chester Borrows, was a guest at a recent Computers in Homes hui in New Plymouth.  Chester holds the record for the most Computers in Homes graduations attended by a Member of Parliament.  As MP for Whanganui, Chester receives invitations to all Whanganui graduations, and as a trustee of the ... Read more

Minister Adams drops in on DORA at NetHui South

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 ... Read more

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2020 Trust seeking Executive Director

The 2020 Trust has advertised the position of Executive Director and hopes to make an appointment before Christmas.  The new position will be based in Wellington. “During the last three years, we have introduced several innovations that support our vision of digital literacy for all New Zealanders. Our operations have expanded and become more complex ... Read more

NetHui South to be held in Christchurch 21-22 November

InternetNZ has announced the dates and venue for the next NetHui South.  Following on from the inaugural NetHui South held in Dunedin in 2012 and NetHui 2014 held in Auckland in July this year, this year’s NetHui South is to be held in Christchurch at the Jack Mann Auditorium at the College of Education, University ... Read more

Meetup calls for clearer definition and measures of digital inclusion

An Auckland Digital Inclusion meetup, held yesterday at The Southern Initiative offices in Manukau, has identified the need to clarify the definition and measures of digital inclusion.  An earlier meetup, held in August, agreed to progress a stocktake of digital inclusion initiatives in Auckland, but the meeting yesterday challenged whether this was putting the cart before the ... Read more

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