Rotorua Library Te Aka Mauri is now able to offer Spark Jump thanks to our partnership with Digital Inclusion Alliance Aotearoa, a non-profit organisation which aims to enhance the confidence and capability of people living in New Zealand to engage online to advance their own education, employment, health and wellbeing as well as that of their whānau.
Spark Jump helps families get home broadband at a low price so students can learn online at home. Spark Jump is for those with a child under 18 at home and with no current broadband connection.
To get started with Spark Jump, you will need to come along to a free Spark Jump workshop at Rotorua Library Te Aka Mauri. The first of these workshops have just started at Rotorua Library Te Aka Mauri with the first session being run by Library Customer Support Manda Waiariki.
Manda was really pleased with the reaction from her first Spark Jump customer. She explained they were so happy with the set up because they now had full control of their data, for example, when it is on and off and what the password is.
"The fact that it is affordable and that there is no contract is a real plus".
While setting up a modem may sound technically challenging, Manda wanted to assure people that staff will help them set the modem up at the workshop before they take it home and that help is also available by phoning the internet service provider, Skinny.
Workshop spaces are limited so booking is required and you are asked to bring your email address and password with you to the workshop if you have one. If you don't have an email address we can help you get one.
At the workshop you get a free wifi modem and an initial 30GB of data. There's no contract or credit check required and further top-ups are just $10 for 30GB for 30 days on the Skinny pre-pay service.
If you would like to get Spark Jump for your whanau, book your place online at Stepping Up or have a chat with library staff.
Spark Jump relies on 4GB coverage. You can check whether suitable 4GB coverage is available at your address using the Spark Wireless Broadband address checker: