Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Westland High School

DORA spent Term 1 supporting the students and staff of Westland High School following a fire in the school that took out the internet hub and administration block. We were able to park DORA at a temporary site in the community where the middle school used her as break out space for students, administration site for the staff and a WiFi hotspot delivering the internet to the classroom.
As the school community was able to go back to their site, DORA followed and continued in the role, offering an internet ‘safety net’ while the school internet was restructured and re-built. DORA was a great asset to the school, a calm place for students and staff in small groups to get away from the classroom and focus on their work.
DORA was great for those students who were suffering anxiety after the fire, fears of not making it through the year and achieving their credits – the stress and trauma of losing their school, it all mattered to the students and they approached DORA as a haven, something about that bus!

Thursday, February 11, 2016

DORA helps at Coast to Coast

DORA is currently at Klondyke Corner in Arthur's Pass helping out the Comms and IT teams. It is amazing to see the background work that takes place to make the event happen. Many, many volunteers putting in hours of work. DORA is providing a fabulous working space for those who are tracking competitors in the mountains and on the rivers.

Sunday, November 8, 2015


DORA would not be possible without the ongoing support of our wonderful sponsors!! 

Thank you.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

DORA at 7th Kids IT Conference on the Coast

"DORA has spent today (and will tomorrow) playing with 75 tech ex kids from all over the Coast - aged 10 -12. They've played with drones, and time lapse photography, the steam train at Shantytown - so they've been in  several centuries.  
Jason Blair from West Coast Tech Education Trust has apparently taken loads of footage -he's tagged her in twitter, Facebook,  the kids have uploaded stuff to YouTube. The Mayor of Greymouth got on and had a play. It's been brilliant!
Sarah did a 1.5 hour workshop with these kids around security and safety online -all engaged, all interacted. The used the sites the kids are using and she walked them through the risks.   It is tally exciting! This is the 7th Kids IT Conference on the Coast 75 kids from schools everywhere. 2020 must have a presence next year. They loved our stuff!
DORA is presently sitting up at Shantytown with time lapse cameras attached to every window. We wanted to see whether her panels were all clean and in order - Drone!" 

Cheryl Smeaton   ace@westreap.org.nz

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Bealey Bridge crossing

Everyone knows the Bealey Bridge across the Waimakariri River, Dora's last farewell to Canterbury -just for a while!

West Coast trip

Today DORA spread her wings and took off to the West Coast, where she will be based for 4 months. While there, apart from being used as a mobile classroom for digital literacy, she will be showcased up and down the Coast, giving people and organisations an idea of what is possible given the right equipment. Ideally, in the future, there would be many DORAs all around the country!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

New Door Handle - at last!!

At last DORA is being fitted with a wonderful new door handle. Because of the nature of DORA, it took much thought and skill to install something robust and unique. Thanks Jim.  The old handle just didn't stand up to the constant bumping involved in driving around quake damaged roads in the east of Christchurch.