Digital breakfast

by Jill Dickie

Kaipara District councillors, Anna Curnow and Libby Jones, are thrilled to have world-class speakers coming to the Kaipara to share their experiences on increasing digital connectedness. The event is open to the public from 8am on Tuesday, March 26 at the Northern Wairoa War Memorial Hall.

“I am really excited about the opportunity to hear about how other parts of the world address issues such as adequate internet access and digital inclusion, especially for our rural communities. We don’t often get a chance to speak directly with people with this level of experience,” said Anna Curnow.

Two speakers, Robyn Krock and Chris Pederson, are travelling from the United States to share their knowledge.

Robyn will be discussing how increased access to broadband or other internet-enabling technologies in rural communities can further educational, health and profitability of farms. She has written a thesis on the topic of local food systems within a community.

Chris leads development efforts related to initiating community development, workforce, broadband expansion and digital inclusion programmes.

His talk will focus on how bridging the digital divide can help vulnerable populations and improving digital literacy.

Other speakers include Ashna Khan, Emeline Paat-Dahlstrom and Eric Dahlstrom.

Libby Jones echoed her colleague saying “it is great to have such speakers in Kaipara willing to share their experiences on increasing digital connectedness, which is vital for all aspects of our economy.”

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