The Rotorua library mobile learning van has had its first outing as part of the digiMarae programme - helping get some of the older generation up to speed with modern technology.

Parked beside Ngati Rangiwewehi offices, a group of Mangorewa Kaharoa trustees were taught tips and tricks to get them started on their new iPads.

The trustees were gifted iPads through their partnership with Deloitte, although some of the older members weren't quite sure how to use them.

As a trust that works with trees Mangorewa Kaharoa is aiming to become paper free.


Communications support for the trust Katerina Pihera-Ridge has been helping with the transition from paper-based administration to iPad technology.

"It's important they get used to using the iPads if they're going to use them for governance," she said.

"Not all of the trustees needed support but that the opportunity digiMarae were offering was a great initiative."

The digiMarae programme, developed in partnership with the Rotorua Library and the Nga Pumanawa e Waru education trust, takes a digital education to those who need it.

Nga Pumanawa e Waru director of engagement Mercia-Dawn Yates ran the lessons.

"It's very exciting, this is the first time we've used the mobile van," she said.

Trustee Anaru Bidois said he could now speak in the vernacular of his mokopuna.

"It's efficiency, the old way with the paper, these things just got thrown away or lost," he said.


"Just literally we're all on the same page with these shared documents and it's easier to communicate.

Mr Bidois said it was not hard to ask for help.

"It's not about learning from scratch, it's about adding value to what I've brought in," he said.

"It's an acknowledgement that we need the tools to be the most proficient we can be as trustees."

Te Rangikaheke Bidois said it was an easy decision to move into iPads.

"Our members are of the older ilk, we're quite traditional and this is quite a lifestyle change," she said.

"Today was great, I am feeling rejuvenated."

Rereamanu Wihapi said it was never too late to learn something new.

"It's the same sort of thing, we just need tips and tricks."