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Digital hub to throw open its doors to local community

Chance to discover opportunit­ies for grassroots access


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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