Computers in Homes started in Porirua 11 years ago. It now has 22 branches throughout New Zealand.
Since 1999 Computers in Homes has given 1262 computers to Porirua families.
At the last census, in 2006, only 35 per cent of Porirua East homes had a computer. In Whitby it is 80 per cent.
In Porirua East 3000 families with children do not have a computer.
Computers in Homes spends $3000 on each graduate.
Graduates must attend 80 per cent of classes to be eligible for a free computer and broadband. cer patient husband urged her to get computer skills: ‘‘He said we need to be realistic, and you really need to think about upskilling.’’
During the course the holistic healer made a CV, business cards and pamphlets to bring in jobs. ‘‘Now I can go out there and really do my best,’’ she said.
Solo dad Michael Sefo found his kids were hanging out at friends’ houses where there was a computer. ‘‘I would feel a bit bad because . . . I was hard out trying to find a way to either hire purchase a computer or to buy a cheap one.
‘‘Then I had to try and budget an internet connection. When I was told . . . about the Computer in Homes programme I was unsure if it was true, as to be honest, it sounds too good to be true.’’