There’s a new opportunity to narrow the digital divide alongside grassroots community workers, Newsroom discovers. A group of seniors at Wharekoa Māngere Community Centre are learning how to step into the bustling online world on tools like WhatsApp, Messenger and Zoom. “Having an internet connection and the confidence to use the internet has been a lifeline for seniors in our community, especially during our Covid-19 lockdowns,” says the group’s organiser, Leilani Glassie, who grew up in the South Auckland community. Her efforts are vital as, in order for seniors to gain that confidence, a human connection in the community is the first step towards internet connection.

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