About Digital Wings

The Digital Wings Trust was established in June 2017 after consultation with both business and community sectors. Our team has a commitment to both community development and to the environment.

Digital Wings Trustees from left to right

Pamela Fleming, Terry Chapman & Belinda Gorman; Digital Wings Manager Di Daniels; trustees Helen Leahy, Laurence Zwimpfer, Tim Findlay; General Manager Remarkit Solutions Nathan Bell. Absent trustees: Samuelu Sefuiva, Potaua Biasiny-Tule and Tina Simcock

Our Purpose

The charitable purpose of the Trust is to:

  • Enhance digital opportunities and advance education, employment, health and wellbeing of people living in underserved communities
  • Promote access to digital technologies for people who are digitally disadvantaged
  • Grow and develop the digital capability of people living in underserved communities, in collaboration with other organisations
  • Promote opportunities for corporates and other organisations to donate surplus ICT equipment for re-use by community, whānau and hapū organisations
  • Consider applications from community, whānau and hapū organisations for digital technology equipment, and make recommendations to Remarkit
  • Support research and evaluation of The Digital Wings programme outcomes

What We Do

Responsibly dispose of viable electronic equipment, while helping young New Zealanders flourish

The Digital Wings Trust works with socially and environmentally responsible business and public sector organisations to donate quality IT equipment to charities and community organisations. Preference is given to those working in youth education to employment, but donors can nominate charities of their choice.

Donors receive:
  • Regular feedback on the way their gifts have enriched the lives of people in recipient communities
  • Security-wiping at no cost to the donor with Blancco certificates reported as proof
  • An easy, time efficient, asset management solution
Community organisations receive:
All donated computers are:

The Digital Wings Trust recycles and responsibly disposes of all donated equipment returned at end-of-life The Digital Wings programme was initiated by computer recyclers, Remarkit Solutions ltd, in partnership with ICT professionals and representatives from the business, education and community sectors

PROFILES DIGITAL WINGS Trust

Trustees have been chosen for their experience and expertise in areas pertinent to the programme, particularly including community ICT, technical, business, community education and health, philanthropy, communications, Māori and Pasifika development, youth development, housing and poverty action.

Laurence Zwimpfer MNZM - Chair

Laurence Zwimpfer runs a consulting company in Wellington New Zealand specialising in the use of information and communication technologies in education. Since 1997 he has provided consulting and project management services for the Ministry of Education and other government and private sector organisations as well as the 2020 Communications Trust.

Laurence chairs the eDay New Zealand Trust, a not-for-profit charitable trust committed to the responsible recycling of electronic waste. He also chairs the advisory group for Victoria University’s Chair in Digital Government. He is a Harkness Fellow with degrees in Engineering from Canterbury University, Public Policy from Victoria University of Wellington, and Technology and Policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA.

In 2006, the Institution of Professional Engineers in New Zealand (IPENZ) awarded him the Rabone Award for ICT, a Supreme Technical Award for Engineering Achievers and the William Pickering Award for Engineering Leadership.  In 2011, he was awarded Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) for services to Information Technology.

Terry Chapman - Vice Chair

Terry is the General Manager for information security company, Axenic. He has worked with a wide range of clients in the public and private sectors in New Zealand, across Asia and the United Kingdom in the use of technology in meeting business outcomes.Terry is passionate about helping the NGO sector achieve more through the clever use of technology and information security.

Helen Leahy - Trustee

Helen Leahy is the Pouarahi/Chief Executive of Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu; the Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency for the South Island.

From 1999 to 2015 Helen was based at Parliament in Wellington, in her roles as Chief of Staff of the Māori Party, and Senior Ministerial Advisor for Dame Hon Tariana Turia and Sir Hon Dr Pita Sharples. She was National Secretary for the Māori Party from its establishment in 2004 to 2014; and the author of "Crossing the Floor: the story of Tariana Turia" (2015).

Helen was a member of the Expert Advisory Panel for the modernisation of Child, Youth and Family in 2015, and the Māori Design Team for Oranga Tamariki. She is a member of the governance forum for the Canterbury Children’s Team; as well as a former member of the steering group for the Integrated Safety Response pilot, representing Tū Pono: Te Mana Kaha o Te Whānau.

Helen is a Trustee for Digital Wings; a Trust which facilitates the redistribution of electronic equipment from corporate entities to community organisations to enhance educational and employment opportunities.  She is also a member of the South Island Public Health Alliance.

In previous roles, Helen was a policy analyst in the Ministry of Education, Manager of the Wellington Sexual Health Service, Social Policy manager in Te Puni Kokiri and a secondary school teacher at Hornby High and Hagley Community Learning Centre, before shifting to Wellington in 1990.

Helen was born in Kaiata, attended primary school in Kaiapoi and Blenheim, secondary schooling at Wairarapa College and undertook university study at Victoria, graduating with a Masters of Arts in Education Policy.   She and her partner have three children who whakapapa to Ngāti Rangi, Niue, Ngāti Kurī, Tuwharetoa and Tuhoe

Belinda Gorman - Trustee

Belinda has a rare combination of cross-sector experience and qualifications spanning responsible business, philanthropy, international development and partnership brokering.

Belinda led the development and implementation of Microsoft’s corporate social responsibility activities in NZ, working within both the Corporation’s Philanthropy and Environment teams.

She joined Microsoft after a number of years working in international development, including 6 years with UNICEF and an extended period working with the Christina Noble Children’s Foundation in Vietnam and Mongolia. Belinda has more than 15 years’ experience working in and with a diverse range of NGOs in New Zealand and internationally and is a passionate advocate for digital inclusion.

Belinda has an international accreditation in brokering partnerships with the public, private and community sectors. She completed her Masters in Development Studies at Victoria University in 2005.

Samuelu Sefuiva - Trustee

Samuelu Sefuiva has over 30 years’ experience in public policy, high level strategic advice, business cultural and economic development and executive leadership.

Sam has a strong professional and personal interest in the Pacific region particularly in human rights, social enterprise and public policy.

Currently his leadership roles include: Chair Generosity NZ; Mana Whakahaere Māori and Pasifika Trades Training: Auckland; and Trustee Black Grace (Dance) Trust. Previously Sam was Chief Advisor to the Race Relations Commissioner at the Human Rights Commission.

Potaua Biasiny-Tule - Trustee

Potaua has expertise in developing innovative digital communication strategies for Māori. Creator of TangataWhenua.com: a Māori news website sharing positive Māori news online; working with whānau, hapū, marae, land trusts, entities, hauora and iwi across the land.

He worked with Google to create a Māori language version of the internet search tool. Google Māori gives an authentic Māori presence on the internet and there is a space there for Māori to speak for themselves. Google Māori brings the old world and the new world together.From there, Potaua and wife Nikolasa built Digital Natives Academy (DNA) to teach and prepare a new generation and to build on the strong base of coding, digital literacy, programming and gaming interest learned over 14 years in IT.

From robots to gaming, science, math, art, engineering and culture, they worked alongside 400 whanau to prepare for the jobs and opportunities of the future: Robots. Drones. Gaming Leagues. VR. AR.Now their most recent venture, Basecamp Rotorua, aims to be the new gathering place for creative techs, web developers, APP makers, animators, digital storytellers, social media content creators and new media journalists in Rotorua. The Basecamp Leadership Team has pulled together a community of successful digital leaders and is working with local education providers, industry networks, iwi and land trusts and community groups to turn their digital ideas into reality. They won the People's Choice Award at the Rotorua X Pitch Night 2016 and were successful in TPK’s Ka Hao, Māori Digital Technology Development Fund.

Potaua is a member of Te Arawa Partnership Board, finding new ways to positively connect with the Rotorua Lakes Council, and is a Marae Trustee Ngāti Te Takinga Mourea, Rotoiti. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours), majoring in Political Science and a Postgraduate Diploma in Māori and Pacific Development, as well as qualifications in Illustration and Animation and a Certificate in Professional Catering.

Pam Fleming - Trustee

Pamela Fleming has worked in the communications business for over 35 years as a print journalist on newspapers, magazines and news agencies and as a broadcaster with Radio New Zealand and Newstalk ZB.

Her media training career began when she helped establish Access Radio in New Zealand at a time when people from different ethnicities, or with views outside the mainstream, were virtually invisible in the media. She has since trained and mentored thousands of individuals and members of ethnic and community organisations, government agencies, and special interest groups.

Pamela has worked at a senior level as a communications and media adviser in a number of different government departments and agencies, with community groups and private companies.

More recently she has worked with the New Zealand Red Cross, MSD’s Community Investment branch, Māori business and community groups, various ethnic communities and with refugees. She has a strong interest in equipping people,  of all ages and from all walks life, with the skills to share their stories and opinions in our rapidly changing mainstream and social media environment.

Tim Findlay - Trustee

Tim Findlay began Remarkit Solutions from his own home in 1999 with a commitment to breathe new life into used computer equipment and keep it out of the landfill.

That commitment has seen his business grow from home to garage to warehouse to now a thriving business employing 60 technical staff covering Wellington, Auckland and Christchurch.

Tim’s ethos of Reduce, Reuse, Refurbish and Resell has evidenced itself through RemarkIT’s involvement in the past annual eDay collections and his support of programmes like Computers in Homes and now Digital Wings.

Tina Simcock - Trustee

From the rock of Niue with a dollop of European to add to the mix. On my Niue side - my grandmother was half Niue and half Samoan so there's a bit of a mix there also.

My professional background has been predominantly involved in the Social Housing arena - approximately 20 odd years. With a degree in Social Housing policy and coming to the end of an Executive Masters in Business and Administration it has been a learning curve that has added to my Diploma in Project Management.

I have worked in the Archives space as a Process Designer and am currently a Senior Planning and Reporting Adviser for the Ministry for Pacific Peoples.

My work with housing has involved community development, housing management and tenancy management, programme management in Welcome Home First Steps, an introduction to the process of buying your first home. All in all, I am a public servant, totally committed to doing the best that I can at all times for our people in Aotearoa.

Operational Team

Di Daniels MNZM - Social Responsibility Manager, RemarkIT Solutions

Managing the Digital Wings programme is Remarkit Solutions Social Responsibility Manager, Di Daniels.

Di brings 15 years’ experience as National Coordinator of the Computers in Homes programme and has been a judge for Fairfax’s annual ComputerWorld Excellence Awards. Di has served on bodies such as Kawawhakaruruhau Advisory for Cultural Safety in Nursing; Refugee Settlement Support Advisory; Alcohol and Drug Counselling Advisory, Business and Professional Women and was a Founder Member of the Kapiti Women’s Health Collective.

Previous roles have been as Community Education Coordinator for Whitireia Polytechnic, Treaty of Waitangi Coordinator for Central Institute of Technology and 15yrs as educator in Te Tiriti o Waitangi, Cross-Cultural/Anti-Racism studies and Accelerated Learning. Her background is in science and teaching rather than ICT, with a Master’s Degree in Māori and Pacific Nations Education, Diploma in Teaching, post-grad Certificate in Specific Learning Disabilities (SPELD), and NZ Certificate in Social Studies.

Di is passionate about wildlife and the environment and is member of Wingspan Birds of Prey and Kaimanawa Heritage Horses organisations. She and her husband have ridden their motorcycles around most of New Zealand. Di was chosen as a finalist in the 2017 NZ Women of Influence Awards in the Diversity category. In 2018 Di won the TechSoup Lifetime Service Award for Technology Service in the Charity Sector. Di was also awarded the Member of New Zealand Order of Merit MNZM for Services to Digital Literacy and Education in the 2018 Queen’s Birthday Honours list. You can read about Di in the NZ Herald article here.

Nathan Bell - General Manager, RemarkIT Solutions

Nathan heads the Digital Wings operations team with Di Daniels.

Nathan Bell is a senior executive with extensive experience working in large diverse multinational organisations, representing enterprise ICT services sales, infrastructure and supply chain solutions.

Nathan has networked and negotiated at the highest levels in business and is currently General Manager at RemarkIT Solutions Ltd.  He has a background in procurement and business development in the private and public sectors, with over 20 years’ experience with companies such as Spark Digital, Gen-i and Revera.

Hayden Wallis - Computer Engineer, RemarkIT Solutions

Hayden Wallis is the Imaging Technician in charge of all the rebuilds on computers sent out under Digital Wings donations.

Hayden has 15 years of PC building experience as a hobby, including building gaming PCs and recently Home Theatre PCs and a few Network Firewall PCs.

His qualifications include Level 5 Systems Technology Diploma, CompTIA A+ Certification and CompTIA Project+ Certification. Currently he is also studying Network Engineering Level 6.
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