Digital hub brings benefits to Katikati

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Katikati’s new digital hub in The Centre – Pa_tuki Manawa has fast become a hot spot for people seeking to connect and easily access the technology they need to accelerate their business, learning and participation.

The hub is in the heart of Katikati and is equipped with top notch digital technologies, meeting rooms and resources.

Its purpose is to provide residents of Katikati and the surrounding area with access to the digital technologies needed to adopt digital tools and learn new skills.

Western Bay of Plenty District Council’s Customer Service and Governance Manager Barbara Whitton says the digital hub has become a valuable community asset, especially for hosting workshops and training in digital skills. “We’ve had good demand for our training space, hosting everything from codeclub to basic computer skills.”

Other bookings have included a ‘Better Digital Futures’ course designed to help seniors with computers and devices, and a ‘Digital Boost’ workshop for local business owners to grow their digital marketing skills with social media marketing, ecommerce tips and website building skills.

Barbara says, “Use of the meeting rooms and hot-desking spaces is also growing. Facilities include four bookable rooms for meeting, video conferencing and training, and 12 hot desks hireable by the half day.

“The facilities are well suited to running programmes, teen studying areas, meetings, and learning in an open environment. Our team are keen to help make it happen.”

The digital hub is self-service and open 24/7 for registered users. A staff member is present from 10am-12pm on weekdays to assist anyone who’s keen to check out the facilities or want to chat with staff about booking a space or the technology available.

Booking for all rooms and hot desks can be made online through the Pātuki Manawa Digital Hub website www.pmdh.nz

The digital hub is located in The Centre – Pātuki Manawa, 21 Main Road, Katikati.

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