Manaiakalani Education Trust

“I just wanted to let you know that at a recent Board meeting, the Manaiakalani Education Trust acknowledged the sterling job Fusion Networks Ltd provides for Manaiakalani and its Outreach clusters. Trustees expressed their sincere thanks to you in particular for all your effort and commitment – and for so often going well beyond the call of duty to support what we are doing. It is great to have you so connected with us in this way. Your sage advice, your patience and your winning personality are always greatly appreciated!”

– Jenny Oxley, Chief Executive, Manaiakalani Education Trust

The Manaiakalani Programme

The Manaiakalani Education Trust was formed in 2011 and is supported by philanthropy, the government, national and local businesses. Fusion Networks  has been a key innovative supporter and supplier of the programme from its inception, designing and developing a unique range of technology services honed specifically for the challenges associated with the Manaiakalani programme.

Students use iPads and Chromebooks, teachers use PCs, and there are shared classroom computers. The success of digital learning environments is heavily dependent on reliability of the network supporting the learner. That’s where the commitment Fusion makes to ensure quality of service and professional management of the programme really counts.

The unique digital learning programme began in 12 low decile schools in the Tamaki / Glen Innes area, and has now expanded to more than 50 schools across New Zealand in school clusters:  Mt Roskill (Ako Hiko), Papakura (Kotuitui), and Hokitika, Greymouth and Buller on the West Coast of the South Island,  Christchurch (Hornby), and in Kaikohe (Kaikohekohe) in the Far North.

Fusion’s dedicated Education Services Leader Matt Elgar says  ‘clustering’ where schools work together to minimise travel time, share knowledge, and work to agreed standards and processes, leads to Fusion engineers being able to spend more time on-site, resulting in enhanced and proactive services.

“There’s a single point of contact, it’s streamlined, and the processes are completely transferable across schools in the clusters. We take sole responsibility for each site so the buck stops with Fusion. The technology works and we haven’t skipped a beat. Often it’s an even bigger challenge than working with corporate clients, pushing the limits of technology if you can imagine for example 30 kids all going on You Tube at once….”

The  Manaiakalani learning and solutions are being introduced to other school communities in Aotearoa New Zealand,  to the benefit of  young learners.

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Pat Snedden is Chairman of the Manaiakalani Education Trust. He says the Trust has been heavily involved in various technology initiatives with Fusion from outset including community wifi, school infrastructure, IT support and internet services.

“We rate Fusion and their MD Andrew Gurr very highly. Andrew has invested in partnering with us. The Fusion team has helped us conceive and disrupt normal practice to advance to these groups, solutions, many of which are ingenious. We have developed solutions to provide some of the poorest of New Zealanders a 21st century digital capability. We have a huge appreciation of what they do, they actually listen.”

– Pat Snedden, Chairman, Manaiakalani Education Trust.

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