Spark Jump’s in 17 more libraries

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We are pleased when we announce that families in 1, 2 or 3 more towns now have access to Spark Jump subsidised pre-pay wireless broadband, so their children can keep up with the digital skills they need today.

But today we’re delighted to announce Spark Jump is available in 17 more towns, and 26 more are in the pipeline! This nearly doubles the number of communities where families can get Spark Jump.

75% of Spark Jump partners are libraries

This huge increase is mainly due to libraries (and community organisations) realising that local families people need Spark Jump, and that delivering it fits well with their purpose and capabilities. Plus all the hard work of Sue Kini’s 20/20 team, and the Spark Foundation: the 20/20 Trust provides coordination, assistance, training and publicity material, and access to a booking system whilst Spark Foundation and other partners provide the modems, a subsidised internet service and publicity. This is all for free, as part of our work for digital literacy and digital inclusion.

Sue Kini, Stepping UP Product Manager
Sue Kini, 20/20 Trust’s Spark Jump and Stepping UP Manager

More partners still needed – so everyone has access

Spark’s 4G network already has wide coverage, so the limiting factor is finding enough organisations to volunteer to deliver the workshops and helping them get going.

The 20/20 Trust partnered with Public Libraries of New Zealand (PLNZ) to facilitate digital literacy and inclusion initiatives in libraries. Sue Kini is keen to help more libraries get involved in Spark Jump and in the Stepping UP digital skills programme, another big hit with libraries. Sue says the long term goal is to see such programmes in all 300+ libraries.

“This is a fairly lofty aspiration, but when the outcome would mean many more New Zealanders participating in the digital world, it’s worth the effort to make it happen, don’t you think?”

New Spark Jump providers and locations

  1. Addington.net, Christchurch
  2. Ashburton Learning Centre
  3. Balclutha Library
  4. Central King Country REAP, Taumaranui
  5. Family Start Nelson
  6. Gonville Library
  7. Invercargill Public Library
  8. Hastings War Memorial Library
  9. Havelock North Library
  10. Linwood Library
  11. Naenae Community Library
  12. Oxford Library
  13. Whakatane Library
  14. eLearning Porirua
  15. Hurunui Memorial Library
  16. Maketu Health & Social Services
  17. Wairoa ICT Club

See all Spark Jump locations on the Digital Inclusion map.

Spark Jump providers and locations coming soon

  1. Alexandra Library
  2. Bluff Public Library
  3. Family Start Palmerston North/Wanganui
  4. Gore Library
  5. Te Anau Library
  6. Community Care Trust (Twizel Community Library)
  7. Dannevirke Library
  8. Darfield Library
  9. Hawera Library Plus
  10. HB Williams Memorial Library
  11. Kaikohe Library
  12. Opotiki Library
  13. Otaki Library
  14. Paraparaumu Library
  15. Rotorua District Library
  16. Stratford Library
  17. Tuakau Library
  18. Waikanae Library
  19. Waipawa Library
  20. Waipukurau Library
  21. Woodville Community Library
  22. Johnsonville Library
  23. Mackenzie College & Community Library
  24. Miramar Library
  25. Tawa Library (Mervyn Kemp Tawa Library)
  26. Waitomo Library

Get Spark Jump

Spark Jump FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Register interest in becoming a Spark Jump partner 

Contact us to find out more about the programme, and referring families to it

Spark in the Community/Spark Foundation (on Sparknz.co.nz)