Unique online banking training for Clutha
The COVID lockdown accelerated Kiwi’s switch to online banking and those still wanting to make the change will get an extra helping hand in Clutha District from 27 April to 7 May.
DORA – the unique WiFi enabled bus supported by Kiwibank – is visiting local communities to help people explore alternatives to paying by cheque, learn online banking and how to recognise and avoid online scams.
The Digital Inclusion Alliance Aotearoa (DIAA) has partnered with Kiwibank to develop a Stepping UP training module for online banking and, with DORA’s help, more people can get the help they need to make the switch.
The training is delivered free and it is open to anyone, regardless of who they bank with.
DIAA has joined up with Clutha District Libraries to deliver the classes on-board DORA in Tapanui, Lawrence, Milton, Owaka, Clinton, Kaitangata, Waihola and Balclutha. Sessions are held between 10am and 12 noon and between 1pm and 3pm.
Debbie Duncan, Clutha District Libraries Manager, says: “I know that some people in our community are not that keen to make the switch to digital banking. However, with reduced services and bank closures, there is a need to respond and provide an opportunity for everyone to be better informed about online banking, and understand how to detect and avoid scammers.”
Laurence Zwimpfer, Operations Director for DIAA, said: “No one needs to be left out and our Stepping UP digital banking programme with Kiwibank has already provided nearly 2000 New Zealanders with new skills and confidence to use online banking,” Mr Zwimpfer says. “The Covid-19 lockdown period created real challenges for people without online access, and that’s why we are so passionate about digital literacy programmes like Stepping UP, which help people build their confidence and skills over time.”
People who are interested in joining in a digital banking class can book a place by contacting their nearest library or phone 03 418 1677. Locations and times for the classes can be found on Council's Events page or via the Stepping UP website: https://steppingup.nz/dora-clutha/
DORA (Digital On-Road Access) is a 36-year-old bus, converted to a digital classroom in 2012. Suitable for around 8 adults, DORA can travel anywhere in New Zealand. All the equipment is powered by a fully self-contained solar electrical system and the on-board computers have multiple different ways of connecting to the internet, including satellite. DORA is supported by Kiwibank, Lottery Grants Board, Spark Foundation, Digital Wings and other business partners.
About Clutha District Libraries
Clutha District Libraries are vibrant community hubs, providing safe and welcoming spaces for all sectors of the community. Our focus is on supporting informed, connected, inclusive and resilient communities. There are 5 libraries in the Clutha District, operated by the Council – Balclutha, Lawrence, Milton, Owaka and Tapanui, and community libraries operated by volunteers in Waihola and Waitahuna. These libraries provide a range of resources (both physical and digital); along with a variety of programmes and services that enable lifelong learning, digital inclusion, creativity, heritage and access to information across the spectrum.
About Digital Inclusion Alliance Aotearoa
The Digital Inclusion Alliance Aotearoa was established in 2018 to foster socially inclusive communities where everyone has equitable opportunities to meaningfully engage with digital technologies, and benefit from the use of them.
It aims to enhance the confidence and capability of people living in New Zealand to engage online to advance their own education, employment, health and wellbeing as well as that of their whānau.
The Alliance acts as a catalyst for digital inclusion initiatives, by working with local communities, not-for-profit organisations, business enterprises and government agencies to pursue a shared digital inclusion vision.
Any organisation or individual working to achieve a more digitally included community is welcome to become a partner of the Alliance.
Kiwibank is New Zealand’s bank and supports the growth and progress of all New Zealanders. Kiwibank was formed 20 years ago to be a credible local banking alternative. It is now the largest of the New Zealand-owned banks, with over a million customers.