Community projects get a boost through InternetNZ

A blog post from Andrew Cushen, the Outreach and Engagement Director at InternetNZ*

We are thrilled to be able to announce the successful applicants for the latest community project grants. We're giving $100,000 to people who will work on projects to support more widely available access to the Internet and deliver better use of the Internet for New Zealanders.

The InternetNZ project round for 2017/18 was launched last July, and we received 38 high quality applications from people and organisations who are passionate about using the Internet to improve New Zealand communities.

After careful assessment by InternetNZ’s Grants Committee, a decision by the InternetNZ Council was made. We are happy to announce the following five recipients:


Pam Baillie for Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind ($25,000)

To build a proof of concept, a prototype model that demonstrates how they have been able to take online content to be provided through voice. To do this, they will leverage the Blind Foundation Library function that enables easily navigable access for people with mobile devices to content delivered through voice technology.

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Richard Nelson for Faucet Foundation ($12,000)

To establish the Faucet Foundation, aiming to be a New Zealand based incorporated society that will provide governance and direction to the Faucet software-defined networking (SDN) controller.


Bryana O’Brien-Kiddey for Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision ($12,500)

“Develop Data API and front-end application for Ngā Taonga AudioVisual Collection (Phase I).”

To embrace the need for Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision to be an Internet organisation, by funding software development services so its collection management services can be online.


Shelley McMurtrie for EOS Ecology ($20,000)

To provide an online digital presence that will allow real-time logging and interpretation of water clarity data (a measure of suspended sediment), giving communities/schools, a deeper understanding of sediment issues facing their waterways and allowing for immediate responses to discharge events by local authorities, thus helping to improve management of waterways.


Stephanie Garvey for Skylight Trust ($20,000)

To deliver online trauma informed training to the diverse and geographically isolated communities of New Zealand utilising the Internet.


We congratulate these applicants for their time, energy and expertise to help build a better world through a better Internet.  

Our next round of grants will be open later this year. Find out more about our grants programme here.

*Following a merger of InternetNZ and NZRS, Andrew has assumed the role of Outreach and Engagement Director. Find out more about the organisation and its directors here.