Thursday, 28 June 2018

Computers in Homes suspended awaiting funding renewal

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Bill Dashfield
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Monday, 6 March 2017

Whakatane Graduation June 9th 2016

A beautiful graduation that took place at night time at Eastbay REAP in Whakatane.  Most of the graduates here have gone onto part time employment and courses that have enhanced their opportunities out in the work force.

Beautiful layout & settings of the CIH programme graduation ready for the whanau to receive.

Saturday, 26 November 2016

Te Kura Mana Maori o Whangaparaoa

On the 21 October 2016 I had the pleasure of participating in this awesome graduation for the Computers in Homes Programme at Te Kura Mana Maori o Whangaparaoa, which is on the east coast of the North Island, in the Eastern Bay of Plenty of Aotearoa.  Tuihana Pook (principal) an amazing visionary for her kura, tauira and parents/Grandparents who has totally supported the CIH programme from the start. Thank you very much to their tutor (Maani Waititi) who done a splendid job in delivering the programme to the parents of this kura.  This video shows their Tauira (students) tautoko (supporting) these parents with waiata (song) after every korero (talk).  Parents were overwhelmed and excited to take home their computer desktops.

One of the parents who completed the Computers in Homes Programme wanted to get up and have a korero
 Setting up for Te Kura Mana Maori o Whangaparaoa Graduation

Sunday, 3 July 2016


Computer in Homes Programme 2016 at Kawerau Heartlands
Mr AJ (AlistairHolmes – Deputy Mayor of Kawerau with Mary Apiata
This is Mary Apiata with Mr AJ Alistair Holmes our Deputy Mayor of Kawerau.  First & foremost Mary is a Grandmother, a part time worker and one who raises her mokopuna (grandchild) that attends Tarawera High-school.  Mary was so excited and pleased when she completed the computers in homes programme, as it was her first time in a learning environment sitting in a classroom.
Mary says: In the beginning I didn't even know what an email was and what it was used for.  I only heard of Facebook but have never looked at it.  I wanted to learn about the Internet & how to upload my family pictures onto my computer.

Katahi Haturini has a daughter who attends Te Whata Tau o Putauaki.  Katahi & her partner were planning there wedding before the CIH programme had started.  At the time of completing the Computers in homes training, katahi expressed how she couldnt wait for her internet to be up-and-running.  Her partner used this open opportunity to find part time employment this year using the Internet and computer.


Monday, 25 April 2016

Pahaoa Marae (Te Kaha) Graduation 20th April 2016


An Excellent & Awesome Graduation. During the day I had the opportunity to have a korero (talk) with each individual about the CiH programme and their learning experiences. There was an excitement in their korero about "OWNING A COMPUTER" & where their tamariki (children) can use it for homework & school projects. A lot of creativity & ideas emerged to the surface as each whanau spoke about the beginning of their digital learning with the CiH programme. Whanau are very excited to continue with the "PATHWAY LEARNING" & the next steps forward to enhance their digital skills living in the digital world.

Marae Chairperson MoeTatua


RAWIRI KAWHA young boy has a brief korero about the CIH programme his dad attended 

Thursday, 25 February 2016


Kia Ora Tatou,

During the month of April & May 2016 we will be celebrating some of the Computer in Homes Programme graduations in the Bay of Plenty.  Starting off with Kawerau Graduation scheduled for the 8th of March and graduating on the 8th of April 2016 at Heartlands, Kea Building.  A lot of community activity will be happening during the month of March at the East Coast of the North Island in the Bay of Plenty, including a DIY Marae  on the 17th.  A couple of weeks later it is aired on Maori Whakaata (TV).  East Bay Reap Whakatane are attending the Marae DIY helping out alongside many families that attended the CIH.  Pahaoa computer in homes programme starts on the 9th of March followed by graduation in April 2016.

A lot of kura around the east coast have been closed, so a lot of children will be attending the brand new resourced, well equipped, up-to-date technology Te Kura o Te Mana Maori o Whangaparaoa.  They have a new IT going into their school and have optic fibre.  Not only does this kura cater for the children but also for the community within the area.  TMMOW have been allocated 10 Places and look to commence before May 2016.


Wednesday, 2 September 2015

James Street Graduation

Computers in homes, James Street School Whakatane graduates 2015
The Parents from James Street School waited with excitement, ready to receive their computers to take home to there families.   Some of the group have signed up to the next steps in their digital journey. Feedback from parents;
P.Lawrence    We could now do our CV and look for job opportunities online. 
D. Baker         Having a computer at home will increase my children's knowledge in the digital 
S. Rua            I can now help my daughter (pink Jersey) with her digital homework.
The Principal (Nora) was very happy to see parents at the school participating in the Computer in Homes Programme, as it had been the first time some parents have done so.
A big thankyou to the tutor (Sandra) who delivered the content of the programme with patience & compassion.