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Computer hub to teach Kaiti's young and old

FUTURE-PROOFING the Kaiti community is the goal behind a new computer hub in Kaiti.

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.

The new facility at the Ka Pai Kaiti Hub is a joint venture with Tairawhiti Technology Trust (TaiTech).

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.

“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.

“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.”

Once the computer hub is up and running the space will have many other uses.

“We have a lot of vision with where we are heading and what we are wanting to do, we hope people use this as a community resource.

“We’re providing somewhere anyone can come and learn, we are wanting to help our young ones develop their ideas like graphic design and gaming.

“There will be a homework club where kids from schools close-by can come and have access to technology, a camera club and so on,” Mr Ngarimu says.

Ka Pai Kaiti is interested in working with people from the community who want to develop their ideas.

“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.”

KEEPING UP WITH THE TIMES: Ka Pai Kaiti opened a computer hub this week. It is a joint venture between Ka Pai Kaiti and Tairawhiti Technology Trust, offering computer courses for anyone in the community. 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.”Mr Ngarimu is pictured with a group of kaumatua as they learn the ins and outs of computers. Picture by Rebecca Grunwell