Laurence Zwimpfer - 2020 Contracts Director

Transpower supports Computers in Homes

Press Release: A small ceremony at Pomare School in Lower Hutt yesterday marked the start of a new partnership between Transpower, the state-owned operator of New Zealand’s national electricity grid, and Computers in Homes, a digital literacy programme supported by Government and delivered in low income communities throughout New Zealand by the 2020 Communications Trust and ... Read more

Laurence Millar, Chair of 2020

Government inquiry into Digital Literacy welcomed

Press Release: The 2020 Communications Trust has welcomed the opportunity to present its views to the select committee inquiry into 21st century learning environments and digital literacy. The deadline for submissions to the select committee is on Friday 11 May. “Our Trust has been working for over 15 years to promote digital literacy,” said Laurence Millar, ... Read more

Laurence Millar, Chair of 2020

ICT in Schools Survey – 2011

SCHOOLS WILL NEED HELP WITH ULTRA-FAST BROADBAND Press Release: A new report released today by the 2020 Communications Trust reveals that while most schools are ready and eagerly awaiting the roll-out of the government’s ultra-fast broadband initiative, principals believe they will need help in making full use of the network capabilities. Specifically this includes further ... Read more

Laurence Millar, Chair of 2020

2020 reaches 15 year milestone with election of a new Chair

Press Release: The 2020 Communications Trust reached a 15-year milestone today with the election of Laurence Millar as the trust’s seventh chairperson. The outgoing chair, Earl Mardle completed a three-year term as chair. Earl’s contribution throughout the last 15 years was acknowledged at the AGM of the trust, held in Wellington today. Earl was instrumental in ... Read more

Laurence Zwimpfer made member of the New Zealand order of Merit

Laurence Zwimpfer, Contracts Director for Computers in Homes and 2020 Communications Trust, has become a member of the New Zealand order of Merit for his services to information technology. From the Governor General’s website (details no longer online): For services to information technology. Mr Zwimpfer has been involved in information and communication technology in a variety ... Read more

Laurence Zwimpfer - 2020 Contracts Director

UK expert calls for expansion of Computers in Homes

Press Release: The Computers in Homes programme along with other digital inclusion initiatives such as Computer Clubhouse and Aotearoa People’s Network should be expanded to ensure no-one misses out from the Government’s Ultra-Fast broadband (UFB) programme, says a visiting UK expert. Dr Tim Williams, a UK urban regeneration expert, was speaking in Wellington on Monday 2 ... Read more

BusinessNZ Submission to the Welfare Working Group Reducing Long-term Benefit Dependency: The Options

Extract from BusinessNZ Submission to the Welfare Working Group Reducing Long-term Benefit Dependency: The Options   APPENDIX 2 How information technology can help to alleviate some social welfare problems. 1. What changes could New Zealand make to the structure of the benefit system to improve the focus on early intervention to reduce long-term dependency? Access to ... Read more

3000 New Zealand families to learn new digital skills

Press Release: 3,000 families from 17 different regions throughout New Zealand will have the opportunity to connect with the online world thanks to a recent Government funding boost for the Computers in Homes programme. Computers in Homes helps local schools provide computers, internet access and computer training to families with school-aged children who do not have ... Read more

Laurence Zwimpfer - 2020 Contracts Director

Winning schools celebrate success at UNESCO Living Heritage Awards 2009

Press Release: Three New Zealand primary schools which each created a Living Heritage website have received a UNESCO Living Heritage award during the National Digital Forum, held earlier this week at Te Papa in Wellington. The awards recognise the schools’ creative contributions to the preservation of New Zealand’s history and culture.  Living Heritage is an online ... Read more

Laurence Zwimpfer - 2020 Contracts Director

ICT in Schools Survey – 2009

Cost the biggest barrier to computer usage in schools Press Release: Schools have given a strong message to IT suppliers and government that they’d like more centralised procurement of computer equipment and services to help reduce costs. This was revealed in the 2009 ICT in Schools survey, released today by the 2020 Communications Trust. Almost ... Read more