Historical Development of the Porirua Digital Strategy

This page outlines the historical development of the Porirua Digital Strategy and its vision.


Implementation of Digital Porirua Trust projects was advised by the Digital Porirua Executive Board, a group of leaders drawn from community, business and education organisations. The Board was originally chaired by Dr Roger Blakely, CE, Porirua City Council and later chaired by Arthur Graves, Deputy CEO, Whitireia Community Polytechnic.

Trustees came from: Porirua City Council, Porirua City Community IT Educational Trust (E-Learning Porirua), Porirua Community Access Points, Porirua Chamber of Commerce, Whitireia Community Polytechnic, Mana Principals Association, Ngati Toa Rangatira, Pacific Islands Forum and Quorum Group Consultants.

The Digital Porirua Trust was officially launched by the Prime Minister, the Honourable John Key on Wednesday 11 March 2009. See our Digital Porirua Trust Launch page for archived material from the launch.

Porirua Digital Strategy

The Porirua Digital Strategy was established in 2008 in response to the evident disparities between various socio-economic groups’ inclusion in an increasingly digital society, and one where exclusion was becoming a social and economic barrier.

People’s effective use of ICT requires a combination of affordable and accessible connection, and confidence in using the technologies and content that’s appropriate to the individual, family group, community organisation or business.

The Strategy set out the structures, principles, strategic goals and tactics that were used to tackle those challenges and to ensure that ‘everyone can do ICT’.

The approach reflected and expanded on the Government's ‘Digital Strategy: Creating Our Digital Future’, with the belief that the well planned and implemented use of ICT could increase productivity in businesses, help build social cohesion, enable cross sector collaboration, and help to realise the aspirations of our citizens


Digital Porirua Trust’s overall vision for Porirua was to be a city of well-connected communities, where taking part in new technologies is easy.

Digital Porirua Trust worked towards achieving this vision 2008-2012 via the Porirua Digital Strategy, focussed on four areas:

  • Content – ensuring local content meets local community and business needs
  • Confidence – advocating for or ensuring high levels of service delivery
  • Connection – providing ready access to technology and skills development
  • Collaboration – within communities, including residents, businesses and government