• Nau mai, haere mai ki te Whare Atamai o te Tairāwhiti

    E ngā rau rangatira mā tēna rā koutou. Tēna hoki koutou me ngā tini mate e hinga atu ana i runga i ngā marae maha o te motu, tēnei ka whakamaumahara atu ki a rātou. Tēnei anō hoki te reo rāhiri o Te Whare Atamai e mihi atu ana ki a tātou katoa. Nau mai, tauti mai ki tā mātou pae tukuku.

  • Welcome to our Tairāwhiti Regional Digital Hub website

    To our esteemed visitors — greetings. To our many relatives and friends from different marae who have departed this life — we acknowledge you all. We are Te Whare Atamai and we warmly welcome you to our website. Greetings to all.

  • Whaia te ara poutama ki te mohiotanga - Follow the stairway to knowledge

    This whakatauki / saying speaks to the importance of education, knowledge, and progress with the POUTAMA or stairway as a path for attainment.

  • Closing the Digital Divide and Empowering Tairāwhiti People

    Developing capable, creative and confident life-long learners, creators and innovators


We facilitate technology training for those who want to know more about the digital world.


Building confident, innovative users of digital technologies.


We help educate and empower people in the Gisborne region.

How the Tairāwhiti Technology Trust Helps

How the Tairāwhiti Technology Trust Helps


The Tairāwhiti Technology Trust began as the Tairāwhiti Computer Hub Trust, a project of 'Gizzy Geeks' - an informal group of Information Technology (IT) professionals working with computers in this unique region of New Zealand. The group met up monthly, talking about what was new and important in IT for this place.


The Trust's strategic aims include enhancing local community's engagement with cutting edge technology, fostering innovation, entrepreneurship and offering future employment opportunities in the region.


The Trust believes that the interweb can be the "death of distance" and it is possible to be based in Tairawhiti and use the interweb to receive education from around the world and then base a business here servicing clients in New Zealand or worldwide.

At the Trust's core is providing a community computer hub to be available for people who wish to develop ideas by using technology.

Our Mission

Our Mission

We help educate and empower people in the Gisborne region to become capable, creative and confident life-long learners, creators and innovators.

We support the establishment and operation of technology-based learning facilities within communities experiencing high levels of deprivation that have limited access to new technology. We are committed to supporting communities around the region establish "drop in" technology centres that allow local people to learn about anything computer related.

We facilitate technology training, ownership of computer hardware and affordable internet access for families that are financially disadvantaged.

We advocate for public and private investment to close the growing digital divide and increase digital proficiency throughout our community.

Trust Structure

Current Trustees

are Carolyn Carpendale, Helena Mill, Maurice Alford, Irirangi Te Kani, Polly Crawford, Te Aorangi Harrington and Matiu Clark.

Our Main Tutors

are Tena Baker-Clark and Maxine Salmanzadeh.

Income for the Trust

comes from philanthropic funders, private donors and fees for IT training courses.

Invitation to our next Writing workshop.

Come to the Taitech Hub to register now. We are in the Kaiti Hub next to the SuperValue. Open 5 days 9:30am to 3:00 pm

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Better Digital Futures

Tena Baker, Our Better Digital Futures - Computer Course Tutor. Making Miracles! To register for our next course call into the Hub or call 021 258 2474 Polly

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Ways to Support

Monthly Giving

Make a donation of any amount direct to our bank account.

One-off Koha/Donation

Large or small, much appreciated!

Become a Volunteer

Share your talents and expertise

Tairāwhiti Technology Trust FAQ

Do you have courses for people like me, who don't know how to use my phone?

Yes! Just make contact.

Is this only for people in Kaiti?

No ... we welcome anybody in Tairāwhiti, and even visitors to the area.

Does it cost to use your wifi?

No ... we are part of the marae connectivity network, so ask us how to join.

Do you have courses that I can take?

We have a wide range of courses available to cater for a whole range of what people want and need. Drop in and pick up a brochure or two, and have a chat about when there's a space available on the course(s) that you want.

I'd like to support this kaupapa/initiative somehow ...

Come in and have a talk with Polly in the first instance.

What's coming up next?

Check out our calendar and the blog

Our Sponsors

My journey studying for Cisco certifications came after making the decision that it was time for a career change and to pursue something I had always been interested in, IT and technology. As Cisco are the world leaders in network engineering, I chose the path of studying for their world wide recognised certifications and world class training. I studied through the Tairawhiti Technology Trust, and that gave me access to the official Cisco Network Academy training. This was invaluable as I could reinforce alot of the theory I learnt from the academy by practising on the actual Cisco hardware the trust owns and has available to students on site. The end result, I passed the Cisco certified entry network technician certification, CCENT, and recently achieved the full CCNA Cyber Ops certification and because of this I am now employed as an IT systems manager. I recommend the Cisco training path as it gives you the hands on skills and qualifications that are recognised in the IT industry.

-- Dominic Carroll

Our Trustees

We couldn't do it without our trustees. Thank you so much.

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Tairāwhiti Technology Trust

021 258 2474
Kaiti Hub, 502 Wainui Road
Kaiti, Gisborne 4010
New Zealand

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