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Otago Digital Strategy

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The Otago Digital Strategy, is a joint initiative between the Central Otago, Clutha and Waitaki District Councils, the Dunedin City Council and Otago Regional Councils in New Zealand.

The Otago Digital Strategy was developed following a survey over 2000 residents and 650 businesses across the region. The survey identified a number of digital challenges within the Otago region, primarily relating to digital access, digital awareness, digital skills and digital maturity.

The vision of the strategy is to develop “a Digital Otago – where everyone has the opportunity to participate and benefit from digital services”.

The Digital Strategy identifies a number of digital challenges including:

  • High speed, inexpensive connectivity is essential for the development of the region
  • Smaller businesses and organisations need help to fully embrace the digital opportunity
  • Businesses and residents are struggling with slow Internet speeds
  • Increasing expectation of free internet access in public spaces
  • Many people don’t understand the benefits of being connected
  • The number of the community with limited digital skills is growing
  • Lack of understanding by organisations about which digital services will make an impact

Initiatives include:

  • Develop a ‘Digital Otago Map’ showing where free public internet access is available
  • Establish innovation incubators across the region
  • Establish a Otago Digital Working Group to share knowledge and work together to develop digital services
  • Expand the Digital Ambassadors volunteers’ scheme
  • Establish a technology re-use initiative to reuse desktop and tablet devices within the schools and families that have limited access to technology
  • Share Otago digital success stories to increase awareness on what you can do on-line
  • Establish a recycling programme for digital technology with a mobile unit visiting rural and main centres on a rotation basis.

Otago is a region on the south east of New Zealand’s South Island, encompasses the cities of Queenstown, Dunedin and Wanaka. The Otago region is around 31,241 km² in size and has a population of 215, 000.

Read the Otago Digital Strategy.

Access the Otago Digital Survey results.

Review the Otago Digital Survey questions.