After appearing at a National Bike to Work Day launch earlier this year, IT, communications and transport minister Paul Swain has thrown his official weight behind electronically aided “teleworking”.
Swain says the Close2:Kapiti teleworking pilot project, launched last week by the Greater Wellington Regional Council (Wellington telework trial set to go), is “a great initiative and a sign of things to come”.
The 12-month pilot project is aimed at reducing the number of people commuting from the Kapiti Coast to Wellington City by encouraging people to look at working from home or using the Kapiti TeleCentre.
“As minister of both transport and communications I am excited by the potential of 21st century telecommunications technology to ease the pressure on the roading network,” Swain says.
Greater Wellington, together with the Kapiti Coast District Council, the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority, the Kapiti TeleCentre, Telework New Zealand and Transfund New Zealand, are behind Close2:-Kapiti.