Di wins mag­a­zine award

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For Di Daniels, win­ning the ed­u­ca­tion cat­e­gory of the NEXT Woman of the Year Awards is more than a per­sonal ac­co­lade.

“I was stunned when they an­nounced that I had won.

“I’m in­cred­i­bly ap­pre­cia­tive of the award but to me its great­est value is that it high­lights the im­por­tance of both dig­i­tal in­clu­sion and the ur­gent need to re­cy­cle and re­use elec­tronic equip­ment to keep e-waste out of land­fills.”

Di, from Rau­mati South, is pro­gramme di­rec­tor for Dig­i­tal Wings, a char­i­ta­ble trust that works with busi­ness and pub­lic sec­tor or­gan­i­sa­tions to do­nate qual­ity IT equip­ment to char­i­ties and com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions, par­tic­u­larly those work­ing with youth tran­si­tion­ing to em­ploy­ment.

A for­mer teacher, Di has long been a cham­pion of the un­der­served and so­cially excluded.

Fif­teen years ago, she recog­nised the in­creas­ing in­flu­ence of dig­i­tal tech­nolo­gies and led the Com­put­ers in Homes pro­gramme from a one-school pilot into a na­tional ini­tia­tive sup­port­ing 20,000 fam­i­lies.

Work­ing largely pro bono for two years, she worked along­side com­puter re­cy­clers Re­markIT to cre­ate the Dig­i­tal Wings Trust which links cor­po­rate and gov­ern­ment or­gan­i­sa­tions with the com­mu­nity for the do­na­tion of sur­plus com­puter equip­ment.

In 2018 she be­came a Mem­ber of the New Zealand Or­der of Merit for ser­vices to dig­i­tal lit­er­acy and ed­u­ca­tion. “Our world is chang­ing fast and the tech­nolo­gies we need to nav­i­gate it are evolv­ing just as rapidly. No one should be left be­hind.”

Di is a fer­vent ad­vo­cate for the re­cy­cling, and, prefer­ably, the re­use of all kinds of e-waste.

“New Zealan­ders gen­er­ate 80,000 tonnes of elec­tronic waste every year, that’s around 20kg per head of pop­u­la­tion, one of the high­est rates in the world. But we can re­use most of that waste. For ex­am­ple, Re­markIT is able to di­vert 98 per cent of the e-waste it re­ceives away from land­fill.”

Di Daniels.

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