Digital Divides in New Zealand

The Internet has the potential to transform people's lives, and we need to harness this potential for the benefit of everybody.

InternetNZ believes that the Internet's power to connect people to each other, deliver goods and services, provide access to information, and enable people to be creators is transformative, and can be scaled up to uplift New Zealanders. All New Zealanders should be able and empowered to participate fully online.

Now is the time to take ambitious, effective action to close digital divides, by collaborating as New Zealanders to find and intervene in digital divides across New Zealand. 


Our work

In November 2018 we published a research paper in conjunction with The Vodafone New Zealand Foundation. Out of the Maze provides a platform for the voices of Kiwis experiencing digital exclusion.

The paper, authored by Marianne Elliott from The Workshop, is focused on listening and learning from those with lived experience of digital exclusion. The Vodafone Foundation and InternetNZ commissioned the research as an important next step in working towards the vision of a digitally connected Aotearoa New Zealand.

barriers to access

We have also written a position paper and created the Digital Divides Map as resources to help us understand and tackle this digital divide challenge. 

Image of title page of Solving Dgitial Divides Together A screenshot from InternetNZ's digital divide map

Position paper

Read InternetNZ's position paper, 'Solving Digital Divides Together' here.

For more on our work on digital divides in New Zealand, see Ellen's blog here

Digital Divide Map

We built an interactive map of New Zealand that shows the divides across the country for Internet access, use, skill and social deprivation.

Check it out at



On Thursday 24 May we hosted an event 'Deconstructing the Digital Divide' in conjunction with AUT's Work Research Institute. The event explored the latest data from the World Internet Project and was the launch of our paper 'Solving Digital Divides Together.' Below is the recording of the event live-stream.