Trustees of Computer Access
Laurence is an information and communications technology consultant who
specialises in the education sector. He was chairperson of the 2020 Communications Trust
from 1998-2000 and was instrumental in establishing the Computer Access New Zealand Trust.
He has been active in promoting the effective use of ICT in New Zealand schools for the
last 20 years, as business futures manager with Telecom New Zealand until 1997 and since
then with his own company. As an adviser to the Minister for Information Technology
between 1993 and 1999, he contributed to the development of strategies for building
stronger links between the business community, government and schools.
Laurence is a member of the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO and represents New
Zealand and other Pacific nations on the UNESCO Inter-Governmental Council for the
Information for All Programme. He is the independent chair of
incorporated society of tertiary education institutions with an interest in
Douglas taught geography and outdoor education for 14 years at Hagley Community College in
Christchurch. He became interested in the potential of recycling computers when
given the job of re-organising the school's computer network in 1997. In 1999 he was
appointed as the South Island manager of the EdCom Network, an educational trust that
provides ICT services to New Zealand schools. At the beginning of 2002 he joined the
Ministry of Education, where he set up the National ICT Helpdesk for Schools. He is
currently involved in a wide range of ICT projects.
John has been involved with personal and business computing since 1982, often in an
advisory role with new users. He works in design, publishing and business
communications through his companies, Infomedia Associates and
Ngaio Press. As a journalist he has
written many articles about ICT. He is also a published author of several
books on historical subjects.
He was the main researcher, and co-author with Laurence Zwimpfer, for the
'E-Waste in New Zealand' study and recommendations published by CANZ in 2006 with funding
via the Ministry for the Environment.
Graeme Osborne is General Manager, Information
Management Group at the Accident Compensation Corporation. He has
previously held CIO positions at Statistics NZ, Southern
Cross Healthcare and CIGNA International. He plays a key role in
e-government strategy across both central and local government, and is
vice-chair of the e-Government Interoperability Framework (e-GIF) management
committee. He was chair of the Telecommunications Users Association (TUANZ)
between 2003-2006 and a board member for 11 years. He is currently
vice-chair of the Government's Digital Strategy Advisory Group.
been principal of Papakowhai School since 1991 and his interest in computing
goes back to 1988, when he bought an Apple IIe for his family. Four years
later, with parent help, he installed a network of '286 computers in the
Papakowhai school library. As computing spread to classrooms, the school
adopted a philosophy that using leading-edge technology to support teaching
and learning was unnecessary and too expensive. Refurbished PCs still go
into classrooms to improve the school’s computer to pupil ratio. Kevin is
keen to support initiatives to ensure that e-waste is recycled and not put
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