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New initiative underway to get more Kiwi kids on Wi-Fi - 'A hugely exciting opportunity for our kids and their whanau'

A new initiative is underway to get more Kiwi kids on Wi-Fi at home.

The trial involves more than 100 households in Naenae, in the Lower Hutt, which has one of the lowest rates of connectivity.

Matt Reid, the Chair of the Te Awakairangi Access (TAKA) Trust, says we are "seeing the growth of the digital divide".

"What we want to do is level that playing field so all New Zealand kids can benefit from modern learning," he said.

Mr Reid's community trust estimates up to 30 per cent of children don't have internet outside of school hours, so they're piloting a program giving 125 students a Chromebook and Wi-Fi access in their homes.

"Certainly, I think money definitely is a barrier, cost is a barrier, and so what our trust is trying to do is level the playing field so we're taking away that barrier which is so important.

"Education is gonna make such a difference in these young people’s lives in their futures."

Rata Street School deputy principal Glenda Stewart has called the scheme "a hugely exciting opportunity for our kids and for their whanau".

Mr Reid said the programme helps extend the "learning bubble" from "seven in the morning till often eight at night".

"They can learn with both in the classroom but also at home with family with friends," he said.

Backers are hoping the project will eventually roll out across the country.

There are concerns too many children are still missing out on technology at home. Source: 1 NEWS