'No one should be trapped' – third of all US seniors don't use internet, NZ similar

A new study that found a third of US citizens over 65 still don't use the internet is likely reflected among older New Zealanders, a tech expert says - and it may be inhibiting their lifestyles.

Internet NZ chief executive Jordan Carter acknowledged there were benefits and advantages of internet use, but ultimately it's important to broaden access and proficiency to technology for everyone.

"There's a growing divide in what people can do it they're offline compared to what they're doing if they're online," Mr Carter said.

"Closing those digital divides is something we're interested in, it's something the government has set a target about as well."  

A market research study commissioned by Internet NZ found 83 per cent of Kiwis over 60 years have internet access at home or work.

While the internet is often lumped with negative connotations such as cyber bullying and fake news, Mr Carter said a poll of Kiwis found over 80 per cent thought the benefits outweighed the negatives.

"People should have the choice, no one should be trapped into using any particular kind of technology to live their lives," Mr Carter said.

"But I think given people follow the money if you like there's going to be more and more stuff online."

"I mean look at the announcement last week of moving the Rugby World Cup to an online type platform."

Mr Carter said an obvious benefit the internet provides for the elderly is breaking down the barriers of distance and keeping in touch with friends and family.

The Pew Research Centre study found that 34 per cent of US adults over the age of 65 still don't use the internet.

Internet NZ chief executive Jordan Carter said there are many benefits of getting older Kiwi’s more internet savvy. Source: 1 NEWS



Emotional ceremony unveils headstone to honour forgotten Kiwi WWI soldier in Australia

A Kiwi World War I soldier who lay in an unmarked grave in Brisbane for more than eight decades was honoured at an Anzac Day ceremony yesterday.

Dozens have travelled from across the Pacific to unveil a military headstone for Private Robert Caffery, who served at Gallipoli and was a prisoner of war in Germany.

Private Caffery's great-grandniece, Annie Caffrey Petaia, says she was "very emotional and happy that he rested somewhere".

"I'm talking on behalf of my whole family, of the pacific. Now he's remembered - he's acknowledged," she says.

The soldier, a Kiwi of Cook Island descent, returned from the war but died alone in a Brisbane home at the age of 49.

Organiser Cate Walker, an Australian, has been working tirelessly to restore graves in the Cook Islands, where her mother is buried.

It was during that process that Ms Walker found out about Private Caffery's story.

"Two of his brothers were killed in action in France and their bodies were never found," she said.

"I mean, there's just no way I was ever going to leave him in an unmarked grave. I was going to do everything I could to get this soldier a memorial and have him remembered forever."

The service was attended by a New Zealand Defence Force representative, extended family, and Wellington's Mauke Enua cultural group.

Private Caffrey is buried in the same cemetery as Major Charles Heaphy, the first Kiwi to receive the Victoria's Cross.

Private Robert Cafferys had an unmarked grave for more than eight decades Source: 1 NEWS

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'His lips turned blue' - Distraught dad of terminally-ill British toddler keeping child alive through mouth-to-mouth breathing after doctors turn off life support

The father of a terminally ill British toddler says he is keeping his child alive by giving him mouth-to-mouth after doctors took him off life support.

Alfie, 23-months-old, is in a "semi-vegetative state" as a result of a degenerative neurological condition doctors have been unable to identify.

He was taken off life support after a series of court rulings backed doctors who said further treatment was futile.

The family had hoped to take him to Italy for treatment but a court ruling has seen their hopes dashed.

Tom Evans, the father of terminally ill 23-month-old Alfie Evans, holds up a court order as he speaks to the media outside Alder Hey Hospital where Alfie is being cared for on April 13, 2018 in Liverpool. Source: Getty

Tom Evans told The Sun he and Alfie's mum Kate have been forced to help Alfie's breathing with mouth-to-mouth resuscitation after "his lips turned blue".

He was taken off life support after a series of court rulings backed doctors who said further treatment was futile.

Addressing media outside Alder Hey hospital in Liverpool today, Alfie's heartbroken father Tom said: "We were doing what a nurse should have been doing to sustain his life.

"Now they are saying that he looks really good but we all know he should be in Italy right now."

The family have vowed to fight on for their son's cause.

Prayer candles set up for baby Alfie.
Prayer candles set up for baby Alfie. Source: Facebook