Coromandel offered online banking lessons in DORA the bus

Coromandel 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 this week.

Free online banking classes are being offered to Coromandel residents on DORA, a WiFi-enabled bus. DORA will be parking up at community centres, libraries, retirement villages, marae, and supermarkets to assist people better understand online banking and 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.

Coromandel Independent Living Trust has joined up to deliver the classes on-board the bus locally.

“Rural isolation is a big issue for many people in the Coromandel and online banking is one way to help address this,” said Matt Sephton from Coromandel Independent Living Trust.

Laurence Zwimpfer, establishment Chair of the Digital Inclusion Alliance said the group has been contacting stakeholders in the Coromandel, especially organisations involved in delivering social services and supporting elderly people, and they had received a most welcoming response.

“We need their help in alerting the people they support to this opportunity and encourage people to sign up for a digital banking session on DORA. We know that changes in the banking world such as the move away from cheques have the greatest impact on people who are digitally excluded.”

“We greatly appreciate the support of Kiwibank in making this training possible, but this is not restricted to Kiwibank customers; digital banking classes are for everyone no matter who you bank with,” Mr Zwimpfer concluded.

DORA will be supporting digital banking classes in Coromandel from 23 September through to 17 October 2019.

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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.

About DORA

DORA (Digital On-Road Access) is a 34-year-old bus, converted to a digital classroom in 2012. Suitable for around 10 adults, DORA can travel anywhere in New Zealand. All the equipment is powered by a fully self-contained solar electrical system and the onboard computers have multiple different ways of connecting to the internet, including satellite. DORA is supported by Kiwibank, Lottery Grants Board, Transpower, Spark Foundation, Digital Wings and other business partners.

For further information contact

Laurence Zwimpfer, Digital Inclusion Alliance Aotearoa, 027 430 6737,

Matt Sephton, Coromandel Independent Living Trust, 021 043 8689

Kara Tait, Kiwibank, 027 475 3521