Our Programme

An East Coast family celebrates digital skills, computer and internet
An East Coast family celebrates having digital skills, computer and the internet

The programme works via low decile 1-3 schools, to help families in greatest need use the internet, email and basic computer skills in their everyday lives, enhancing their performance at school and work.

In 14 years of operation, Computers in Homes has helped connect more than 14,000 families.

In the financial year July 2013 – June 2014, we provided support for 1637 families.  The Digital Literacy and Connection (DLC) programme funded support for 1500 families; a further 40 families received contributory funding from Nga Mataapuna Oranga as part of a Bay of Plenty Whānau Ora Collective initiative. We also provide support for refugee families in the Ministry of Education-funded Computers in Homes programme, reaching 93 families in 2013 – 2014.

“I would recommend the Computers in Homes programme to anyone who wishes to learn how to use a computer or advance existing skills.  It has definitely enriched our lives and I no longer feel as if technology is passing us by.” Computers in Homes graduate 5 years on.

How it works

For a cost of $50, families receive free training, a recycled computer, 12 month subsidised Internet connection, and technical support.Read more

CiH Regions

Delivering in areas of greatest need. Computers in Homes is currently active in 19 targeted regions.  Click below for full regional details:Read more

CiH - Refugee Families

Each year the Ministry of Education funds Computers in Homes for 80 – 100 refugee background families, from communities in Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, Palmerston North, Christchurch and Nelson.Read more

Stepping UP

Free community training Stepping up provides free, community-based computer and internet training for adults, suitable as a follow up to the Computers in Homes programme. It’s designed for anyone with basic computer knowledge to develop their skills a step further in areas of direct relevance to their work and life. Small steps get you there TheRead more

BYOD Equity Pilot

In February 2014, the 2020 Trust launched a pilot BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) equity programme to assist families at Computers in Homes schools access digital devices for their children. Many schools are embarking on BYOD programmes and we are concerned that families on low incomes might not be able to afford the cost of buyingRead more