Councillor Rachel Smith, Chair of Strategy and Policy Committee: In just a few months, our world has changed, and connectivity has never been so important. Now is a good time to start thinking about what’s virtually possible in the Far North. How can we take advantage of the digital world, and use it to make our world, better? For everybody. Watch the video and share your thoughts. Anything goes. Be bold. Be brave. Be fierce. Use your voice to help shape our digital future. There are 9 questions and your answer might be shared publicly. Click the button to continue.”
Makarena: Do you feel a connection with faces onscreen? Kia ora tātou, ko Makarena Dalton tōku ingoa. He kaimahi au i Te Kaunihera o Tai Tokerau Ki Te Rak. Tōku patai - how can we better use digital technology to stay connected to our communities and each other?
Matt: Kia ora, I’m Matt and I’m proud to be with the Kaikohe St John’s Ambulance. Do you feel safe in the Far North? If you hurt yourself, or had a medical emergency, would you have enough mobile reception to call 111? I would like to know - how can we use technology to make our district safer?
Elle: Kia ora, I’m Elle and I’m currently in lockdown doing my uni work from my home in the Hokianga. Thanks connectivity! My questions is – from the kai we grow and eat to the activity we do (or don’t do!) - how can we use technology to be healthier?
Aaron: Kia ora Far North! My name is Aaron Alexander and I’m originally from the town of Kaikohe. These days I’m a video game designer and my question is how can we use technology to create awesome new jobs up there in the Far North?
Rox: Kia oa to everyone in Te Tai Tokerau. My name’s Rox and work for the Far North District Libraries. You might know me from Robot Tuesdays, which is our after school club where we learn about computers, coding and robots. It’s pretty famous. I love learning new things and I love technology and I’d like to know – how do you think we can we use technology to level up and learn new skills?
Craig: Kia ora, I’m Craig and I’m passionate about caring for our environment. Pests, climate change, kauri dieback – our natural world has so many challenges right this minute. And my question for you - is how can we use technology to take better care of our environment?
Matt: Kia ora, I’m Matt and I’m the Graphic Designer at the Far North District Council. I use technology every day in my job and I was wondering - how we could all use digital tools to be more creative?
Suzanne: Kia ora tātou! Ko Suz tōku ingoa. Tūturu ahau nō ngā tātai whakaheke o ngā iwi o Te Hiku o Te Ika. He mana tō te taonga tuku iho. Mei whakataeranga mā runga ipurangi, ka? 0whakaiti rānei tērā mana? Heoi anō ko taku pātai ko tēnei. Me pēhea tā tātou mahi matihiko hei whakanui i o tātou āhuaranga ahurea, me pēhea hoki tā tatou tiaki i ngā tikanga?
Hi everyone! My name is Suz and I descend from the tribes of Te Hiku o Te Ika. Intellectual property is so valuable. By sharing it online, do we reduce its intrinsic value? My question is - how do we use digital tools to both celebrate and protect our cultures?
Oak: Hello, I’m Oak and I live in Paihia. My question is - how can we use these [digital tools] to make life better for everybody?