E-Waste Project welcomed by Whānau Ora Agency
Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu is thrilled with Hon Eugenie Sage’s announcement this week that the Government is putting $360,000 of funding from the Waste Minimisation fund towards a project that will result in more computers in the homes of whānau.
The project developed by Digital Wings Trust is aimed at refurbishing computers from businesses and government organisations that would otherwise end up in the landfill. The refurbished computers then become part of a Computers in Home Training programme which works to engage with whānau to build capability and ultimately increase digital literacy.
Digital Wings will partner with the Whānau Ora Agency which works with over 170 Whānau Ora entities in the South Island to help deliver the Computers in Homes programme.
“Being technologically competent is an essential life skill and the right of every New Zealander. We want to get more computers in the homes of whānau that need them,” says Helen Leahy, Pouarahi of Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu and Trustee for Digital Wings.
“With New Zealand being one of the world's largest electronic waste (e-waste) generators, we welcome this project because it has benefits that are two-fold in that it also supports the growing e-waste issues that also are of big concern to whānau,” says Ms Leahy.
A pilot programme has been run by RemarkIT Solutions Ltd (a computer refurbisher) secured the support of 12 donor organisations which resulted in 1,900 items of computer equipment being diverted from landfill and the gifting of 280 computers to not-for-profit community groups. The three-year project will expand the pilot programme to at least 50 donor organisations, aiming to receive donations of 20,000 computer units and gift 3000 refurbished units to recipient organisations.
About us: Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu is a Commissioning Agency that works on behalf of the iwi in the South Island to support and enable whānau to create sustained social impact. We do this by developing and investing in ideas and initiatives to improve outcomes for Māori, underpinned by whānau-centred principles and strategies; these include emergency preparedness and disaster recovery. Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu also invests in Navigator roles to support and build whānau capability.