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Dig­i­tal hub to throw open its doors to lo­cal com­mu­nity

Chance to dis­cover op­por­tu­ni­ties for grass­roots ac­cess

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Katikati'snewre­gional dig­i­tal hub in The Cen­tre, Pa¯tuki Man­awa, will be open next Thurs­day, De­cem­ber 3, for the lo­cal com­mu­nity to dis­cov­ernew op­por­tu­ni­ties for grass­roots dig­i­tal ac­cess and small busi­ness po­ten­tial.

The in­au­gu­ral Dig­i­talHubOpen Day­will be from3pm­to6p­mand ev­ery­one iswel­come to ex­plore the op­por­tu­ni­ties that can be ac­cessed by in­di­vid­u­als, lo­cal busi­nesses and com­mu­nity groups.

The Western Bay of Plenty District Coun­cil has been de­vel­op­ing the sub­re­gion's first dig­i­tal hub with the first in­stal­ment of a $400,000 grant it re­ceived ear­lier this year from the Pro­vin­cial Growth Fund's (PGF) dig­i­tal con­nec­tiv­ity fund­ing pack­age.

The coun­cil's Cus­tomer Ser­vice and Gov­er­nance man­ager, Bar­bara Whit­ton, says it's a great day for the sub-re­gion and is the first step in coun­cil's aim to im­prove dig­i­tal lit­er­acy and in­crease ac­cess across all its com­mu­ni­ties.

“This dig­i­tal hub of­fers 24/7 se­cure dig­i­tal ac­cess for busi­nesses and self­em­ployed peo­ple, of­fer­ing free Wi-Fi, co-work­ing spa­ces and space to present dig­i­tal prod­ucts and ser­vices. Early in thenewyear there will be a fo­cus on de­vel­op­ing ser­vices that will aim to in­crease com­mu­nity en­trepreneur­ial and dig­i­tal ca­pa­bil­i­ties and skills,” says Bar­bara.

“Dig­i­tal con­nec­tiv­ity is some­thing manyof us take for granted, yet there is still­some lim­ited abil­ity to ac­cess the in­ter­net or the tools to use it in our com­mu­ni­ties.

“This dig­i­tal hub aims to con­nect the com­mu­nity us­ing dig­i­tal tech­nolo­gies, shared space, hot­de­sk­ing, video con­fer­enc­ing and meet­ing spa­ces. It's a tech-space for busi­ness, free­lancers and com­mu­nity to­come­to­gether.”

On­the day there will be free demon­stra­tions and ex­perts on site to in­tro­duce peo­ple to the op­por­tu­ni­ties avail­able.

The Dig­i­talHub­will pro­vide a pro­fes­sional en­vi­ron­ment for peo­ple want­ing to par­tic­i­pate and col­lab­o­rate within their com­mu­nity, start busi­nesses or ex­plore busi­ness ideas.

Cen­tral gov­ern­ment's dig­i­tal con­nec­tiv­ity fund of $21 mil­lion is to

im­prove com­mu­nity tech­nol­ogy skills and give eas­ier ac­cess to dig­i­tal re­sources across sev­eral re­gions in NewZealand.

Katikati­was one of five re­gions to re­ceive Pro­vin­cial GrowthFund fund­ing for a dig­i­tal hub. Each re­ceives $400,000 over a five-year pe­riod. The other re­gions are Gisborne, Levin, Woodville and Mu­ru­para. There arenow13 re­gions na­tion­wide with dig­i­tal hubs.

 ??  ?? Katikati’s new dig­i­tal hub at The Cen­tre, Pa¯tuki Man­awa, will have an open day on De­cem­ber 3.
Katikati’s new dig­i­tal hub at The Cen­tre, Pa¯tuki Man­awa, will have an open day on De­cem­ber 3.

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