The establishment of new digital hubs in Greymouth and South Westland will improve opportunities for using the internet to boost productivity, creativity and well-being.
Each digital hub is backed by $400,000 in Government funding over the next five years, administered through the Provincial Development Unit. DWC is investing a further $125,000 to each hub over the same period.
DWC project manager Helen Wilson said the two hubs operate in different ways.
The Westland hub, known as Te Wheke, is based at the Fox Glacier Community Centre but is also able to travel to other communities in South Westland to offer training and digital services. It is managed Destination Westland Ltd.
“Byte Māwhera Digital Hub will be permanently located in premises in Greymouth’s Guinness Street and offer wireless ultra-fast broadband, co-working spaces, hot-desking, private office space and a small meeting room for hire as part of its services,” Ms. Wilson said.
“The main space is designed for training and capability building sessions and the whole hub will be managed by Techspace.”
“These two new hubs are the latest in a growing network of digital hubs in rural areas in New Zealand, supported by the Government's Provincial Development Unit.” Ms. Wilson said.
Te Wheke Outreach Digital Hub