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Digital Waitaha Charitable Trust

empowering ethical learners
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Our Vision

We want all individuals to be safe, ethical and responsible digital device users who successfully manage their digital wellbeing and safety.

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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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Digital safety and wellbeing programmes for all ages.

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Digital Skills

Ask a Digital Expert
One-on-one advice for your digital device

Digital WOF

Do your digital safety and wellbeing skills need an upgrade?

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Upcoming Events

  • A Conversation with Digital Waitaha - Hosted by Cheryl Doig
    09 May, 10:00 am – 11:00 am
    3 / 3 Attention educators! Digital Waitaha empowers safe and responsible digital device users with their programmes, resources, and guides. Encourage digital leadership and wellbeing for students from ECE to secondary schools.
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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.

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Mark Ellis


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.


Megan Rutter


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.


Karin Lill


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.

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Daniel Richards


Daniel is a Risk Advising Insurance Broker and is regularly exposed to concerns individuals and business face within the Digital world. He is passionate about supporting the community and cares about helping people to protect themselves from digital risks. He is excited about the opportunity to cultivate a closer community, protect rangatahi and whånau and encourage safe and ethical access to the Digital World.

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Jacqui Paterson


Jacqui navigated childhood and early adulthood in the pre-digital era. She has worked with people young and old and has insight into the importance of promoting digital safety and equitable accessibility in our communities. She is delighted to be a part of a trust that empowers others to make a difference and ensures that digital technology contributes to the wellbeing of all.

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Neysa Koizumi

Lead Coordinator / Facilitator

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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