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  • 25th October 2007 - Eltham CIH wins Dynamic Community Learning Award!


    Eltham CIH were named as winners in New Plymouth recently - a big well done from the CIH team!
    Pictured L to R: Christina Turner, Karen Cave and Jackie Broughton.

  • 5th October 2007 - New Computers in Homes Website Live!

    We welcome your comment and feedback.

  • August 2007 - Successful Digital Strategy Community Partnership Bids for 2007 announced:

    Far North - 50 families
    Ngati Porou - 250 families
    Kelston Deaf Education Centre - 25 families
    Gisborne Rural - 150 families
    Wairoa - 250 families
    Porirua - 150 families

  • June 2007 - A big Thank You to RCN & Associates and Coca-Cola Oceania

    Computers in Homes would like to acknowledge RCN & Associates Ltd - (IBM Business partner - IT Remarketing & e-Waste Specialists) for sponsoring 500 mousepads for CIH.
    Also thanks to Coca Cola Oceania, who donated hardware which was passed on to Porirua e-Learning Trust CIH.
    Visit the RCN & Associates Website

  • January 2007 - A Big Thanks to Oxygen Business Solutions and Athena Products Social Club

    Computers in Homes would like to thank Oxygen Business Solutions and Athena Products social club for their cash donations to CIH, which have gone towards providing Atomic Learning Online Education software for 2 Auckland schools: Oxygen supporting Refugee Education via Wesley Primary School and Athena supporting Jean Batten School in Mangere.

Computers in Homes News Archive - 2006:

  • November 2006 - 2020 Communications Trust Celebrates 10 Years of Community ICT Development

    Computers In Homes featured strongly at the 2020 10th Anniversary event at Parliament in November.

    By far the most response we received afterwards was in praise of Toni Kahu and her speech about her journey from an inaugural CIH parent at Cannons Creek School in 2000, through her graduation as a teacher and to now as an advocate for CIH in her present position as lead ICT teacher at Brandon Intermediate.

    Toni is a great ambassador for CIH and we are grateful for her attendance at the event. Porirua's e-Learning Trust has applied to CPF to extend CIH in the city, planning to encompass Brandon 's needs.

    View a short video clip about her journey with the Computers in Homes programme.

    View photos from the celebration held at Parliament's Grand Hall

  • November 2006 - Huntly Kids get Computers thanks to $25,000 donation from CA

    Next year, children from about 18 Huntly families will have something many other kids take for granted - a home PC - thanks to a $25,000 donation from CA, one of the world's largest management software companies.

    The announcement was made as the 2020 Communications Trust Celebrated 10 years of Community ICT development at a reception at Parliament's Grand Hall on the 20th of November.


    CA's donation will be used to provide recycled computers, training and support to the families of children at Huntly Primary School , a decile one school in the Waikato town. CA will provide a 12-month licence of its Internet Security Suite so each PC is protected against computer viruses and spyware. Families also receive six months' free Internet access... View Full Article (PDF - 68KB)

    Read more about CA (PDF - 20KB)

  • New projects for 2006-07: Auckland Cluster - Congratulations!

    Graduations have been held for Jean Batten School in Mangere and Te Kura Kaupapa Maori O Puau Te Moana-Nui-A-Kiwa in Glenn Innes. Both ceremonies were wonderful, with a huge turnout of families, whanau and aiga; good food, much laughter and entertainment. Our thanks to all involved.

    The schools shared 30 families overall, but with JBS having a waiting list of 35 eligible families, CIH has managed to redistribute funds from 2 other projects which did not fill their quota. A second intake of 15 families will begin training in Term 1 2007 at Jean Batten School.

  • Govt's Digital Strategy Community Partnership Fund CIH

    In 4 regions where CIH had run 1 pilot project, then extended to include 3 more the following year, there are exciting new developments for Computers In Homes.

    Gisborne City , Wanganui City , WestREAP and Eltham School Community were all successful in their bids to the CPF to run their own expansions to CIH.



Computers in Homes News Archive - 2005:

  • CIH End of 2005 Update:

    2005 was a busy year for computers in homes, with double the number of families and schools to service, and the engagement of two new part-time staff in October-November. CIH has now established its own National Office in Wellington, and both new staff members have completed their training and are now proving both capable and dedicated members of the CIH Team. We have big plans for the year 2006, and will keep you posted with our progress!

  • December 2005 - CIH Presents its successes in India:

    The CIH National Coordinator, Di Das and 2020 Trustee Barbara Craig, recently attended the IV ISTRA APAC Conference in Bangalore, India (the IV International Society for Third Sector Research, Asia Pacific Region). The conference theme was Civil Society and Social Justice. Most presenters were from India, with only a few invitees from other countries:
    2 Australia, 2 Germany, 2 Japan and 2 NZ.

    CIH would like to thank the principal sponsors who made it possible for Di and Barbara to attend
    2020 Communications Trust
    The Ark (Cory and Nicki Dyer)
    The NZ Internet Society.

  • August 2005 - CIH is Expanding:

    Computers In Homes is expanding this year 2005-06 to connect a further 400 families to the existing 600 or so. Last year 2004-05 we worked with 220 CIH school families and 73 Refugee families through MoE. We are running an audit survey of the existing projects to measure how being involved in CIH has impacted on parents and children; service the PC's and assess what the major technical issues have been.

    The exciting new areas we are scoping new projects with are the Far South, Chathams, West Coast SI and extending the East Coast Gisborne, Wairoa and Opotiki regions.



Computers in Homes News Archive - 2004:

  • March 2004 - UNESCO Digital Pacific Internship:

    This project involved a 2-week Internship in March 2004 for 4 representatives from Samoa and Cook Is. Their visit provided an opportunity to share ideas and experiences between Samoa, Cook Islands and NZ to find similarities and to learn from one another. Participants were immersed in Computers In Homes and other initiatives in different parts of New Zealand and developed their own plans and strategies for the deployment of similar initiatives in their own countries.
    - Download a copy of the final report from the Internship.



Computers in Homes News Archive - 2003:

  • November 2003 - CEG Connecting Communities Conference - CIH Presentation

    Barbara Craig and Di Das gave a presentation of the Computers In Homes Project, presented as one of the case studies of effective community ICT activities at the CEG Connecting Communities Conference, held in Wellington in November 2003
    (image: Hon Parekura Horomia, Minister of Maori Affairs & Associate Minister for Social Development & Employment. CEG Connecting Communities Conference, Wellington, November 2003).

  • November 2003: (Media Transcript) - New Zealand Herald - November 13th 2003, 'Computer plan to lift community'

  • August 2003 - Computers in Homes showcased at International ICT Conference

    At the Global Knowledge Partnership Forum on ICT and Gender, Computers in Homes was cited by UNESCO as an example of Best Practice in ICT education. UNESCO sponsored Di Das to  present her paper, and to represent the 2020 Communications Trust and the Computers in Homes families. 
    (image: Di Das with the expert panel, Track 2, UNESCO ICT & Education. Kuala Lumpur, August 2003).
    - View Di Das's presentation paper  
    - View the UNESCO report

  • 2003 - Adult Literacy Projects:

    In 2002 Victoria Link and Whitireia Community Polytechnic ran a pilot project for the Ministry of Education to extend the literacy amongst Computers In Homes parents. Twenty were accepted and participated in 10 weeks of individual instruction with Whitireia  Adult Literacy tutors in their own homes. The overall experience and evaluation resulted in Victoria Link and Literacy Aotearoa Wellington running 2 Semesters of literacy programmes for CIH parents in 2003. Two Cannons Creek families were invited to speak at a Nui Waves Conference in Christchurch, and one of the mothers was asked to speak at two more national Literacy Innovations conferences.

    CIH parents were invited to present at the Christchurch Nui Waves Conference and Adult Literacy Innovations Funding Pool Seminars in ChCh & Wellington. The Innovations Funding Pool was established in 2002 to support the Adult Literacy key strategic element of increasing opportunities for adult literacy learning. The contestable funding pool assists the funding of new initiatives to increase the provision of learning opportunities in communities. Current and potential providers of complementary adult literacy courses are invited to a series of national workshop seminars to share their experiences and outcomes of their programmes.


    One parent's speech is to be included in a book written about these literacy innovations:

    “I started Literacy programme last year from July to September 2002.I joined the programme because I have a younger child at home and it would give me some computer skills while I'm at home. The skills I can learn on the computer are typing, send messages, and gather information from internet.

    I learn on the programme how to fill in forms, how to fill out applications forms, check train and bus time tables, writing letters, how to do my C V and how to correct my written work, like spelling and punctuation.

    Since March this year, I have learn lots do with the email, how to connect and open my email. How to send and receive a mail, how to make attachments, how to download to look at photos, how to delete. On the internet I check information overseas, especially my beautiful country of Samoa. To save stuff on the disc. I search on the internet information for Early Childhood development because I want my dream to come true.I want to be a Teacher.  I am doing a course at the moment. Its called Adult Literacy Programme.


    I encourage you people; if that course comes down here Please, Please do it.  Especially Mothers that got young children at home and also Fathers, Mothers and teenagers are at home while not working, Please do it.  At the end you get a reward.  You learn a lot of skills like, typing, and developing my English speaking and spelling and punctuation to speak clearer so you can understand other people.

    Right now this Adult Literacy Course has got me involved with my family and relations.  They ring me and ask how to fill out forms and help them out down at WINZ and the Doctors and at School to translate for them English into Samoan or Samoan to English.”

Computers in Homes News Archive - 2002-2001:

  • September 2002 - CIH wins International Award!

    The Computers In Homes project was one of three winners in the education section of the prestigious Stockholm Challenge Award 2001, announced on 28 September in Stockholm. Computers in Homes, along with a project from Laos and one from the United States, was selected from among 23 finalists.
    - View full article from archive.

  • March 2002 - Cannons Creek Families given Certificates of Achievement:

    On 12 March 2001, the Minister of Education, Hon Trevor Mallard, presented certificates of achievement and special Computers in Homes t-shirts to Cannons Creek families involved in the scheme.

  • Computers in Homes Celebrates Successful Year

    The first anniversary of the Computers In Homes (Rorohiko I roto nga kainga) scheme at Newtown School will be a time to celebrate the social and educational advances that participating families have made.
    - View full article from archive.

  • August 2001 - Computers in Homes celebrates its First Birthday!


    The Computers in Homes project in New Zealand is now one year old. Functions were recently held to to mark the anniversary at the first two associated schools: Cannons Creek in Porirua, and Panmure Bridge in South Auckland. The function at Cannons Creek also welcomed eight new families which joined the project, following special funding from the Ministry of Economic Development.

    (image above: Lelei Seumanutafa, helps Mrs and Mrs Soukhaseum carry their computer equipment home from Cannons Creek School. Lelei is from one of the first families to receive computers in the Cannons Creek project, and he is now a mentor for the latest group of families.)