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Digital divide anxiety as school year looms

The Maori Council has released commentary on the issue facing many families across New Zealand who are trying to ensure they are prepared for the start of the school year.

“The digital divide in New Zealand is growing larger and as children begin a new school year a lot of parents will not be able to afford what is needed,” the release says.

“From laptop’s to accessories, software to equipment many New Zealand children from low and middle income families will not be able to afford the growing list of needs being set by schools and nowhere more is this seen than with Maori.”

It is an unfortunate reality that of those of us who struggle financially, Maori and Pacific Islanders are currently over represented in numbers. 

“We already have a digital divide in New Zealand and the data tells us that Maori are more disconnected than non-Maori but why should our kids be then left out in the cold because whanau cannot afford the growing list of technology requirements for them to be fully participating in the education system?” asks the Council’s Matthew Tukaki.

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