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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. 

Since July 2019, DORA has been touring the country providing free Digital Banking classes to anyone in the community. DORA can comfortably seat up to 10 adults at any one time.  The 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.

Where’s DORA at the moment?

11 July – 15 July 2022Kaikoura
1 August – 12 August 2022Hamilton
15 August – 19 August 2022Rodney
22 August – 26 August 2022West Auckland – schedule to follow
29 August – 2 September 2022South Auckland – schedule to follow
5 September – 7 September 2022Waipa – schedule to follow
12 September – 16 September 2022Mangakino – schedule to follow
19 September – 23 September 2022Tararua – schedule to follow
26 September – 30 September 2022Paraparaumu – schedule to follow

DORA in book and video form

DORA the Bus Goes Round and Round was launched in Alexandra in March 2022. The book describes DORA’s travels throughout the country helping communities engage with the digital world. Hop aboard the digital bus and learn all the wonderful ways Dora the Bus helps people find their way through the tricky world of the internet. A copy can be purchased online at The Children’s Bookshop in Kilbirnie, Wellington or watch the video edition by clicking the applicable links below.