We want all individuals to be safe, ethical and responsible digital device users who successfully manage their digital wellbeing and safety.
Ways We Help
We create evidence-based programmes
The work we do at Digital Waitaha Charitable Trust provides a holistic approach to solving our community's most significant digital challenges. We aim to empower individuals to manage their digital safety and wellbeing by creating opportunities to engage in our programmes that improve upon their digital skillset.
We currently offer Digital Safety programmes for all ages and Ask a Rangatahi Digital Etiquette programme. We aim to have the Digital WOF by mid-2022.
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Meet the team
We are dedicated and passionate individuals who donate our unique skills and passion to support the vision of the Non-Profit. We strive to stay ahead of the curve and to perfect our programmes.
Meet some of our incredible leaders below.
Mark Ellis is a much-beloved principal at Rakaia School. He has taught in four schools in the area. Mark and his wife have lived in Mid Canterbury for 30 years. His interest in the Trust revolves around the development of tamariki. He wants them safe, skilled and trained in appropriate tools and etiquette to match their family values. Mark is thrilled to be involved with a team of dedicated and skilled people who share similar ideas.
Jamie Smitheram is a Client Manager at Leech and Partners, a local accounting firm. Born and raised in Ashburton, he hopes his background in accounting and finance can be put to good use as treasurer. Jamie is excited to support the trust in bettering digital education and safety within our community
Megan Rutter brings her expertise as a first-generation digital citizen to the Trust. She is keen to apply her first-hand knowledge to help improve community members' online skills and safety. She is passionate about creating awareness and providing skills for tamariki and families to stay safe online and is motivated by the desire to ensure her younger siblings enjoy the benefits of the online world while staying safe.
Charming and caring, Alisha Hall is a junior teacher at Rakaia School. She has been teaching since 2002 and has a background in early childhood education. She and her husband have two beautiful children, which are her motivation to be in the Trust. She is passionate about promoting safe digital device use for tamariki and whānau with a focus on junior school children.
Karin Lill is a highly respected teacher of Science, Biology and Geography and Dean at Mount Hutt College. She is a Methven local and lives with her husband and her two teenage children. Karin has seen the increasing influence of digital technology on students' lives first hand. She is passionate about giving students, teachers and whānau the skills to manage living in a digital world.
Neysa Koizumi was a web and application developer for over 20 years. Her roles included lead architect and senior developer on teams small and large in New Zealand and the US. She is a mother of two school-aged digital citizens. Neysa is passionate about empowering all community members to be safe and responsible digitally. She is excited to help the trust support its vision.
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