Apr 13, 2015


On April 2nd 2015 Computers In Homes Far North hosted their Term 1 Graduation awards and afternoon tea at the Te Ahu Banquet Room at 5:30 pm.  30 local families attended this event and it was the largest Graduation they have had for Computers in Homes in the Far North to date.  They are continuing the project in Term 2 at the Te Ahu Centre and plan to graduate a further 50 families in June this year.

  Above:  Graduates for Term 1 2015 at the Te Ahu Centre, also including Tutor Debbie Cloete, CiH Regional Coordinator Emma Tracey and Mayor John Carter.

Computers in Homes is a project where parents attend training for 10 weeks, and during Term 1 they had four separate classes running during each week which were led by Ana Vivian and Debbie Cloete.  The parents received 20 hours of computer training in total.  This enabled them to enhance the future learning of their Whanau through digital awareness.  Learning mainly the basics of computer usage but also a few clever tricks to not only help the tamariki at home with homework etc. but also so the parents feel confident to make positive changes of their own by communicating with their local schools online, and the skills to set them up for all sorts of possibilities, they have had families go on to set up their own businesses from home and enrol in correspondence schooling.

Above Left:  Mayor John Carter inspiring the Graduates
Above Right:  Mayor John Carter with Graduate Annie Rawiri and CiH Regional Coordinator Emma Tracey.

 The graduates received their certificates from Mayor John Carter who is a strong supporter of the project and Computers in Homes Regional Coordinator Emma Tracey.  The graduates were awarded with refurbished computers, which came with a brand new mouse, keyboard and also speakers.  The computers came with 6 months warranty and 1 year free technical support from the reliable technician Brett Hunter.  Also, if the graduates choose, they are entitled to receive a subsidised internet connection from their Internet Service Provider SNAP.  This event was lovely to attend, it was so nice to see families bonding with others and the smiles on their faces and their tamariki when they received their certificates and computers.

 Above Left:  Graduate Denise Pokaihau-Rogers cutting the GIANT celebratory cake.
Above Right:  One of the graduates getting ready to take home his new PC.

By Tayla Trail
Writer and Photographer