Compaq is taking a leaf from Apple's book in trying to capture computer users while they're young.
It is giving $45,000 to the New Zealand Principals Federation in exchange for the chance to quote on providing hardware and IT capabilities to New Zealand schools.
According to Compaq's head of education sales, Andrew Seerden, says Compaq is the first computer maker to form such a relationship with the organisation. It give the company the right to take part in the federation's annual conference through speaking rights and by hosting a Compaq stand.
However, other firms will still be able to tender for school computer needs.
Compaq says it has invested $2 million in the government's Lead Schools programme, helping 23 techno-friendly schools.
Partnerships have been formed with 14 of the schools to help them develop information strategies, with Compaq providing hardware, Internet capabilities and financing.
The government plans 25 more Lead Schools, and Seerden is keen for Compaq to form similar partnerships with them.
Principals Federation president Geoff Lovegrove agrees and calls on principals to contact Compaq about theiir IT educational needs.