DORA

DORA (Digital On-Road Access) was set up in 2012 with support from InternetNZ to provide a mobile learning centre in Christchurch following the 2011 earthquake.  DORA was subsequently used to support Stepping UP programmes on the West Coast and Digital Seniors in the Wairarapa.  The classroom is suitable for use by up to 10 adults at any one time.

From July 2019 to September 2020 DORA is on a national ‘tour of duty’ delivering Digital Banking classes.

DORA is scheduled to visit the following regions but registrations of interest in hosting DORA can be sent to sue@diaa.nz.

Start Finish Region Keys Towns
29-Jul-2019 13-Sep-2019 Whanganui Wanganui, Marton, Bulls
16-Sep-2019 17-Oct-2019 Coromandel Coromandel Town, Whitianga, Tairua, Thames, Whangamata
23-Oct-2019 20-Dec-2019 West Coast Hokitika, Westport, Greymouth 
20-Jan-2020 21-Feb-2020 Nelson-Tasman Stoke, Richmond, Motueka, Takaka, Nelson
03-Mar-2020 03-Mar-2020 Waikato Hamilton TechFest, Claudelands Events Centre
05-Mar-2020 10-Apr-2020 Northland Whangarei, Dargaville Kaikohe, Kerikeri, Kaitaia, Paihia
13-Apr-2020 15-May-2020 Eastern BOP Opotiki, Murupara, Kawerau, Whakatane
18-May-2020 05-Jun-2020 Gisborne Gisborne, Ruatoria, Wairoa
08-Jun-2020 12-Jun-2020 Hawkes Bay Napier, Hastings
15-Jun-2020 03-Jul-2020 Taupo Taupo, Turangi, Mangakino
06-Jul-2020 24-Jul-2020 King Country Te Kuiti, Taumarunui
03-Aug-2020 25-Sep-2020 Southland Winton, Gore, Mataura, Lumsden, Te Anau, Balclutha

DORA’s onboard equipment is powered by solar charged batteries, and internet access is provided by both terrestrial wireless networks (3G and 4G), and in more remote areas, by satellite.  This enables DORA to operate at any location in New Zealand that is reachable by road.