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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.’’

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