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New Zealand : Spark and Nga Pumanawa e Waru partnering to deliver subsidised broadband in Rotorua.

Spark has announced it has partnered with education trust Ng? P?manawa e Waru to deliver subsidised broadband to selected families in Rotorua so that more New Zealand children can learn online at home.

Spark Jump is an initiative for social change ensuring more New Zealand children can thrive in our modern digital economy. The programme provides a modem and a heavily subsidised wireless broadband connection for families with school-aged children who currently lack broadband at home. Ng? P?manawa e Waru is the fourth organisation to come on board the programme joining The Greater Christchurch Schools Network, Web Access Waikato Trust and 20/20 Trust.

Spark Jump is a basic prepaid broadband service with no fixed term contract. Families who are offered the programme pay a subsidised rate of $15 for 30GB. The service uses the Skinny Broadband platform and provides wireless home broadband via a 4G mobile signal connecting with the nearest cell tower. Ng? P?manawa e Waru and Spark Foundation will collaborate to unleash the potential of Rotorua children through connectivity at home. Spark will deliver the first modems to Ng? P?manawa e Waru in the coming week. Ng? P?manawa e Waru will identify and refer families from Rotorua who they deem are eligible for the programme.

The trusts chairman Leith Comer says Sparks subsidised broadband in Rotorua will help make Rotorua a great place to learn for hundreds of school children who dont currently have internet at home. "Access to the internet is important so our tamariki can thrive in future-focused learning environments. Having an internet connection at home will help whanau create learning opportunities and open the door for their kids to the digital world," says Comer.

GM Spark Foundation Lynne Le Gros is pleased to be partnering with an education trust with a strong presence in the Rotorua community. "Community groups that share Spark's vision of unleashing potential through learning and technology are critical to the success of Spark Jump. Ng? P?manawa e Waru is the right partner in terms of investing in learning opportunities in Rotorua and knowing how Spark Jump can work for local families."

"It's important to get all New Zealand children digitally fluent and thinking about the jobs of tomorrow. Connecting more homes to the internet is our way of helping children keep up with their digitally connected peers and bridge the Digital Divide," says Ms. Le Gros.

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Date:Nov 9, 2016
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