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Unique online banking training for Nelson and Tasman

Nelson and Tasman residents wanting to get on board for a future that includes more digital opportunities will be able to access a new mobile learning centre and online banking training from next week.

With the support of Kiwibank, online banking classes are being offered to Nelson and Tasman residents on DORA – a WiFi enabled bus. DORA, which stands for Digital On Road Access, will be parking up at libraries throughout the region to assist people explore alternatives to paying by cheque, learn online banking and how to recognise and avoid online scams.

The Digital Inclusion Alliance Aotearoa has partnered with Kiwibank to develop a Stepping UP training module for online banking and, with DORA’s help, more people can participate in their local communities.

The training is delivered free and it is open to anyone, regardless of who they bank with.

The Nelson and Tasman public library teams have joined up to deliver the classes on-board DORA, near libraries in Stoke, Richmond, Motueka, Takaka, Collingwood and Nelson.

Laurence Zwimpfer, Operations Director of the Digital Inclusion Alliance, said the organisation has been contacting community groups in the Nelson and Tasman region, especially those involved in delivering social services and supporting elderly people.

“We have had a particularly enthusiastic response from Rural Women and Grey Power representatives and we’re looking to other groups to help share the opportunity by alerting their members to the training.

“Our experience is that changes in the banking world have the greatest impact on people who are digitally excluded. No one needs to be left out and the Stepping UP programme has already provided many New Zealanders with the skills and confidence to use online banking,” Mr Zwimpfer says.

Helen McCubbin, Information Services Librarian for Tasman District Libraries says: “We have a lot of older people living in our region and being able to do their banking online is one way to help reduce their isolation.”

DORA will be supporting Digital Banking classes in the Nelson and Tasman region from 20 January through to 21 February 2020.

Mon 20 Jan – Fri 24 Jan
Stoke Library

Mon 27 Jan – Fri 31 Jan
Richmond Library

Tue 4, Wed 5 & Fri 7 Feb
Motueka Library

Mon 10 Feb – Thurs 13 Feb
Takaka Library

Fri 14 Feb – Sat 15 Feb
Collingwood Memorial Library

Mon 17 Feb – Fri 21 Feb
Elma Turner Library

About Digital Inclusion Alliance Aotearoa

The Digital Inclusion Alliance Aotearoa was established in 2018 to foster socially inclusive communities where everyone has equitable opportunities to meaningfully engage with digital technologies, and benefit from the use of them. 

It aims to enhance the confidence and capability of people living in New Zealand to engage online to advance their own education, employment, health and wellbeing as well as that of their whānau.

The Alliance acts as a catalyst for digital inclusion initiatives, by working with local communities, not-for-profit organisations, business enterprises and government agencies to pursue a shared digital inclusion vision. 

Any organisation or individual working to achieve a more digitally included community is welcome to become a partner of the Alliance.