Lift Youth Employment

LIFT Youth Employment Trust organisers’ comments, Atarau Hamilton and Jody Hamilton

“This is great news! I am so humbled to be working with you. Kei te pai, we do strongly appreciate your koha and support! We will utilize the items to their full potential. Here we have our first lot of kids who have come through the program.”

‘Te manu e kai ana te miro, nona te ngāhere. 
Te manu e kai ana te matauranga, nona te Ao.’

‘The bird who feeds on the miro berry owns the forest
The bird that feeds on knowledge owns the world’

Te Aka (2010) Trust


Tuilaepa Youth Mentoring Service

Please find attached some photos of our team using their new computers - everyone was very camera shy but as you can see in the picture with Keith and Allen, we have a hot spot area where the boys come in and jump on a computer (we have an extra computer in the next office) - this is so much more efficient than when they were sharing two computers!

I also got one of the new ones and just want to express my gratitude - it's soooo much faster than my old one and means I can churn through the work far more efficiently, so thank you, thank you, thank you...

Youth Mentoring Service (TYMS)

RAW - Reclaim Another Woman

Not For Profit Winner at the 2017 Westpac Business awards. Presented to Annah Stretton (RAW Founder) and Ina (RAW Women). Annah has also been awarded a local hero award for her work in the community and a big part of this is the work with the RAW women.
The RAW Store, ready to serve the community

Whitireia Community Law Centre

On behalf of the team at Whitireia Community Law Centre, we would like to express our thanks and appreciation over all the work you and your team have done over the donation of the IT equipment. The equipment arrived on Monday and we are looking to have them set up and operational as soon as possible.

As stated in our meeting in May, our desire was to operate a more digitally savvy practice, which we believe will have an overall benefit to the community we serve. We will definitely keep you updated on how it all works out and are aware of the reporting requirements through Digital Wings. We will be thanking them publically via their Facebook profile as well.

Again, we cannot thank you enough.

Kind regards
Jessica Sebastian Managing Solicitor

Tairawhiti Technology Trust Gisborne

Student A’s Journey
From birth I was always going the wrong way. The doctor had to turn me around.  

I got sent here by WINZ/Workbridge – working most of my life and I dislocated my shoulder, it froze. This took me ages to recover. Then I got rehabilitated. 5 years ago my wife was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Dealing with my shoulder and my wife’s illness. Got 3 kids – 2 sons in their 20s and my daughter who is 10 now. Had another child born without a brain who did not survive birth. This was an emotional journey.

As a child was surrounded by death. Aged 12 – two brothers were playing around the Kaiti Hill (there were caves there). The hillside had collapsed and buried my two brothers. My wife was too scared to go to the doctor so I went and he told me. I drove around town for a while before going home to tell her.

I’m Ngapuhi so being amongst Ngati Porou in the beginning was hard. My wife was a local (Angi) from a big family. It was a bit tough however I listened and understood their point of view.  

I’d love to work – but with my shoulder and job opportunities I enjoy coming here. I do a lot of counselling – talk to people, share things. The last few years since my wife died I have concentrated on raising my daughter.

Adam at Workbridge asked about my computer skills, no skills – so I came here. It’s been good I enjoy the company, tutor, enjoy learning. Enjoy every second of life. My parents live at Patutahi and I have brothers and sisters around. I enjoy every day.

From then until now I have learnt some much. Six or 7 months ago I wouldn’t even try. I’ve learnt so much – email, Facebook everything. It’s interesting being the only male in the class – I think about stuff differently.
Student C’s Journey
Over the last 2 years I have been unwell with stage 2 breast cancer. I have always been very independent but due to my unwellness I had a lot of unhappy times.  I lived in Mt Maunganui, had a home, a beautiful relationship, worked for Housing NZ for 20 years. I had everything and then I lost it all.   I came to Gisborne to get away from everyone – I wanted to be alone, I went into hiding, didn’t want to talk to my family, I felt sorry for myself.

I did think – shit happens but why did it happen to me? I never smoked, I had a healthy lifestyle although I did have a social drink. I needed help. I came to Gisborne at Waitangi Weekend 2016 to visit my ex- in-laws, my daughter phoned and told me she had problems so I told her to come here She decided to move here and while it is not a place I wanted to come to… Here I am.

I have a strong relationship with my daughter and her children, they are my life.  Initially I went on the sickness benefit, and then decided that if I can’t look after me how am I going to look after my daughter and moko. So I made a plan in my head I wanted to have a positive attitude What am I going to do for myself to get my life back. I went to see the Cancer Society mainly to share my journey, the Chaplain at the hospital,  Doctor, and then started looking for a job.  I got a Green Card and went to see Steve Allan and Adam Tapsell and found they were so supportive.

Here today I don’t have the material things that I had in a previous life… but I am happy to have my health and now I can share my journey.  I enjoy what I am doing now I love meeting people, go to the Gym, take my moko for walks.  One day I was talking with my Case Worker and she referred me to Adam at Work Bridge. While I had experience with computers my confidence needed a boost and they in turn referred me to Tairawhiti Technology Trust.  This has given me the confidence I needed and whilst I now have a part-time position as a Data Entry Officer I still come to the courses because of the people, the companionship and I’m still learning.
Student B’s Journey
In 2015 I retired from the world of finance. I had always been interested in Whakapapa so I thought maybe I should do a computer course. My ultimate goal is to write a book of memories that would include whakapapa charts and photos. I have an idea on how it would be presented but I need help.  I had used computers daily during my career and I had been on various Bank courses but now I wanted to go back to computer basics. My first goal was to tidy up my home computer and then move on to gain the knowledge I would need for my book.  My husband and I moved to Australia in 2001. We returned to our home town of Gisborne in October 2016. By chance in March 2017 I met a friend in town and during our catch up I mentioned that I was interested in doing a computer course. I had checked a few courses online but I hadn't found one that I was comfortable with. She invited me to check out Taitech where she was a tutor. I started the following week, it was just what I needed. I have now decided to progress to the next course.  I have enjoyed my few months with Taitech, our group is very friendly and the teaching methods work for me. A goal of mine is whakapapa. That is using my computer skills and knowledge how can I compile my stories and history of my family into a book – a unique resource that can be used by my family.
Student D’s  Journey
I have had a variety of work and as I got older the job opportunities got less and less.
I grew up at Makarori and I am now back there with my Partner. However I have felt isolated living that far out from town but it is the only rental we could get at the time.

I am on the Dole and this in itself is stressful, I have felt humiliated at times  
• I want to work but it’s not easy.
• I want to obtain qualifications to get a job I can be proud of but it’s not easy. 

I was referred to Workbridge by WINZ and they referred me to Tairawhiti Technology Trust. They offered a computer course and I thought yes this is a start to a new beginning.

There is “light at the end of the tunnel” and I feel that this course has been awesome.  

I want to work with computers – from home but still in the community.

Te Riu o Waiapu Trust

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Students are learning and engaging in the basics of Microsoft Word Programme. Creating a document, inserting of pictures, saving and printing. They are currently transferring this knowledge to working with Microsoft PowerPoint.
Here we have students helping each other to troubleshoot and edit their work using the toolbar in Microsoft Word Programme. Cutting, Copying, pasting. Familiarizing themselves more and more with the function of formatting to produce a higher standard of work.
Nga Pakeke - the computer hub has bought together a group of elderly women who are keen to advance their own understanding and knowledge of computers and technology in general. This photo captures them sharing pros and cons of owning a computer/phone/iPad and their own experiences so far.
Young people - The hub was open during the holidays and was great to see our tamariki come and use the computers. One boy used the computers for Mathematics and the other to You Tube his favourite sports teams.

Pursuit Trust

Thank you so much for your kind donations.  We set the computers up today and my volunteers felt at home and more comfortable serving the community as they come in.  Thank you a lot!! We love the printer too yaye!!

Kind regards

Moira and Deborah have just completed a workshop at the Department of Corrections. Working with a small group who are transitioning to life on the outside, we helped them recognise their skills and attributes, then write their own CV’s including a personal statement and details, work and education history and add referees.Overnight the handwritten CV’s were typed up so that each of them had a hard copy, and one on USB for the future. We returned the following day to work on interview skills. We took along an outfit for each of them, following the careful instructions they gave us about their sizing and colours that suited them. After changing into and admiring their new clothes (they all chose shirts, trousers and ties and looked so smart!) and some interview preparation, we set up mock interview panels. Everyone took part in an interview for the role of a truck driver. They each took a turn at being on the interview panels as well, to see how it felt being on the other side of the interview. From the ‘meet and greet’ in reception through to asking questions at the end of the interview, they all did really well and passed with flying colours.When they are ready for employment PurSuit have offered to refresh their CV’s and interview skills and provide another outfit when they are successful at interview and go on to employment.Thank you so much to the Department of Corrections for the opportunity with work with you. Thank you to all the guys for their hard work over both days, and for the amazing kai.Good luck to you all.

Te Manu Toroa Trust

The Te Manu Toroa Mental Health Services sends a big thank you for the support provided to their youth.

The computers that were donated were actively used in the following projects:

  • Online programmes like “Beating the Blues” designed for youth to help deal with low mood and depression
  • Homework initiatives encouraging persistence with education
  • Music Therapy Group for composition and recording music
  • Research and logo design work for Jujitsu Club
  • CV development to create employment opportunities for youth Workshops on safe social media campaigns.

Team Leader Mental Health Services:

“These are just a few of the great projects that youth have been able to use the computers for. It has been a humbling experience to have such valued resources donated to our service. The innovation and opportunities these 6 computers have created for our youth have been phenomenal. I wish you all the best for the wonderful work you do and again thank you greatly for your support.”

And a big thanks from the kids:

  • “Thanks, you guys rock!”
  • “I probably would not have got that job if I didn’t have a computer to do my CV on.”
  • “It is pretty cool that people who don’t know you can give these things to you to help.”

Te Whare Piringa Hall

Fenchurch neighbourhood’s old Scout Hall has been refurbished and renamed. About 20 locals gathered just before sunrise on a chilly winter morning to officially open ‘Te Whare Piringa – Our Place’. The hall was blessed by Matua Patuwai, a local kaumatua who has been in the area for more than 40 years.

Bacon and eggs, spaghetti, fruit and hot drinks were then served by DJ Tuaru Temu, the Chair of the hall’s Governance Group.It took a little more than a year to transform the derelict Scout Hall into a place local residents are now proud to call their own.

TRC worked with local residents, the Department of Conservation, and Tāmaki Trades Academy students to complete the project.“It’s a lot warmer than the old place,” DJ Tuaru Temu says. The hall will be used for a variety of things, such as exercise classes, business meetings and family functions, he says.

Bookings and general management of the hall is operated by the Governance Group, whose members are from the community.

Whangaroa Health Services Trust

These resources have been vital in linking our community with each other and the outside world.  As a result opening us up to new experiences and learnings. Mobilising those with talents they would not otherwise be able to nurture in a community somewhat remote from others in the northland area.

The Common Unity

You might also have seen on the news a few weeks ago where a refugee man had set up a garden centre which was trashed by vandals, but then the community donated plants and money to get it running again. That is at Common Unity also at The Remakery where community enterprise is thriving with textiles, groceries, beehives, carpentry, bicycle workshop, café and library. It is our privilege to be involved in such an amazing community venture making a difference in the lives of the Epuni community.

Kapiti Women's Centre

Interesting how foundations laid decades ago can cross paths again. In 1988 Di Daniels was a Founder Member of the Kapiti Women's Centre; and now Digital Wings is supporting their digital capacity with donor computers for office use and also Kapiti Women's Refuge for women to access employment services online. It is important for children in transience to have access to a computer and internet to keep up with school work, so the computers have multiple purposes.

Cystic Fibrosis

“Digital Wings facilitated a donation of laptops, monitors and keyboards from Westpac to Cystic Fibrosis New Zealand in June 2017. As the only charity dedicated to supporting people with cystic fibrosis in New Zealand, everything we do is done with the goal of optimising quality of life for our community. Having adequate computer equipment is absolutely paramount to reaching this goal and enables our staff to carry out their roles effectively. We cannot thank Digital Wings, and Westpac, enough for the kind donation.”

Laura Huet
Marketing and Fundraising Coordinator

Family Centre

‘The Family Centre carries out and specialises in Community Development programmes which aim to eliminate poverty amongst low income, Maori and Pacific families in the Wellington Region and within the
Pacific region where the Family Centre carries out its work. The Pacific Section  carries out development programmes with Pacific women, sole parent women and young people in Lower Hutt teaching them transcribing and translation skills in order to increase their employability and to generate income for themselves’

Digital Wings has provided laptops for women who are Samoan native speakers to be contracted as translators of documents from English into the Samoan language. This opens up a world of employment for the women who would otherwise be stuck at home and unable to enter the workforce.

Tolaga Bay Inn

Digital Wings has provided a training hub of computers for Tolaga Bay residents to pursue education and development in the heart of their community, the Tolaga Bay Inn which operates as a charitable community trust.

It means the inn must be used by the community, for the community, providing beneficial services to the community. It also means that the operations of the inn will be for charitable purposes, including on-site training, fundraising activities and business incubation services.

Read two articles from the Gisborne Herald here and here


OuterSpaces works to celebrate the lives of young people with diverse genders and sexualities in the wider Wellington region through: - Advocacy - Education - Support and - Connecting Youth, families, government, schools and communities. Digital wings has provided hardware for their coordinators to better serve the office and clients

Te Awanui A Rua Trust

Attached is a photo of the Computer LAB set up in the HUB in Taumarunui. Ready for our Students to register on Monday for our Courses. I've spoken with Sue to get the Stepping up Programme sorted and us working with CKC Reap. 

We are about to set up the remaining computers at our Marae Base Venue where our Tutors and Students can research their Plants and submit their assessments for the Horticulture Maara Kai Courses through Land based Training. Our Agricultural Students have 1 PC and 1 Laptop which will be set up next week for their course start date.

It’s been amazing to be able to offer the use of the computers for student research and education development. Kaumatua want a course and some of our Students are wanting to do CVs up and apply for work also, so it’s a blessing and thank you both from our Trustees.

I will send through Photos of other Student venues once we have set them up.

Nga mihi
Anahera Hose
Te Awanui a Rua Charitable

Tuituia mai e te heretangata e runga i te Waka kotahi
Binding the many strands of People upon the Waka of Life