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COMPUTER ACCESS NZ TRUST (CANZ)
Refurbishing office computers for schools and the community

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The Computer Access New Zealand Trust was replaced by
The eDay New Zealand Trust in 2010.
This website has been retained for historical purposes but viewers
should refer to the eDay website for all activities after 1 July 2010.




Trustees of Computer Access NZ Trust

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Laurence is an information and communications technology consultant who specialises in the education sector. He was chairperson of the 2020 Communications Trust from 1998-2000 and was instrumental in establishing the Computer Access New Zealand Trust. He has been active in promoting the effective use of ICT in New Zealand schools for the last 20 years, as business futures manager with Telecom New Zealand until 1997 and since then with his own company. As an adviser to the Minister for Information Technology between 1993 and 1999, he contributed to the development of strategies for building stronger links between the business community, government and schools.

Laurence is a member of the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO and represents New Zealand and other Pacific nations on the UNESCO Inter-Governmental Council for the Information for All Programme. He is the independent chair of e-Learnz, an incorporated society of tertiary education institutions with an interest in e-Learning.

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Douglas taught geography and outdoor education for 14 years at Hagley Community College in Christchurch. He became interested in the potential of  recycling computers when given the job of re-organising the school's computer network in 1997. In 1999 he was appointed as the South Island manager of the EdCom Network, an educational trust that provides ICT services to New Zealand schools. At the beginning of 2002 he joined the Ministry of Education, where he set up the National ICT Helpdesk for Schools. He is currently involved in a wide range of ICT projects.

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John has been involved with personal and business computing since 1982, often in an advisory role with new users. He works in design, publishing and business communications through his companies, Infomedia Associates and Ngaio Press. As a journalist he has written many articles about ICT. He is also a published author of several books on historical subjects. He was the main researcher, and co-author with Laurence Zwimpfer, for the 'E-Waste in New Zealand' study and recommendations published by CANZ in 2006 with funding via the Ministry for the Environment.


Graeme Osborne is General Manager, Information Management Group at the Accident Compensation Corporation. He has previously held CIO positions at Statistics NZ, Southern Cross Healthcare and CIGNA International. He plays a key role in e-government strategy across both central and local government, and is vice-chair of the e-Government Interoperability Framework (e-GIF) management committee. He was chair of the Telecommunications Users Association (TUANZ) between 2003-2006 and a board member for 11 years. He is currently vice-chair of the Government's Digital Strategy Advisory Group.


Kevin has been principal of Papakowhai School since 1991 and his interest in computing goes back to 1988, when he bought an Apple IIe for his family.  Four years later, with parent help, he installed a network of '286 computers in the Papakowhai school library. As computing spread to classrooms, the school adopted a philosophy that using leading-edge technology to support teaching and learning was unnecessary and too expensive. Refurbished PCs still go into classrooms to improve the school’s computer to pupil ratio. Kevin is keen to support initiatives to ensure that e-waste is recycled and not put into landfills.

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