AUCKLAND, New Zealand, December 02, 2021

Crown technology company Network for Learning (N4L) welcomes Hon Clare Curran to its Board of Directors.

Hon Curran served as the member of parliament for Dunedin South from 2008-2020. During this time, she held a number of ministerial portfolios including Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media, Government Digital Services, Associate State Services (with responsibility for Open Government) and Associate ACC. 

N4L Board Chair Colin MacDonald says, “Kaiako and ākonga need, more than ever, to be supported to navigate the challenges of cybersecurity, online safety and remote learning so they are free to focus on teaching and learning.”

“We welcome the breadth of experience Clare brings to the board as we work alongside the Ministry of Education to deliver innovative products and services that help close the digital divide for all.”

Clare currently runs a national communications consultancy based in Dunedin and serves on several not for profit boards focused on addressing mental health, poverty and homelessness. 

Clare Curran says, “I’m delighted to join The Network for Learning as the organisation enters an exciting period of growth. Every child deserves to have a safe and reliable internet experience regardless of where they live, attend school or their parents’ ability to pay. Through working hand in hand with its many partners in the public, education and private sectors, N4L has made great strides towards closing the digital divide for schools and kura in Aotearoa New Zealand and I look forward to supporting the great mahi still to be done.” 

Curran joins the following N4L board members: Board Chair Colin MacDonald (former Chief Executive at the Department of Internal Affairs, and Government Chief Digital Officer), and the company’s four other directors: Deputy Board Chair Dame Karen Poutasi (Commissioner at Waikato District Health Board and former Chief Executive of NZ Qualifications Authority), Jeremy Banks (Board Member of Wakatū Incorporation, Ngāti Rārua Ātiawa Iwi Trust and Te Rūnanga o Te Ataarangi), Sharon Cresswell (General Manager Finance and Corporate Services, New Zealand Forest Research Institute Limited (Scion), and Anthony Briscoe (former President and Chief Executive of Southern Cross Cable Network, and previously Head of International for Telecom NZ).

ENDS

For more information, please contact:
Lesl van der Voorn on 021 0232 7737 or lesl.vandervoorn@oneplusonegroup.co.nz

About Network for Learning (N4L)
The Network for Learning (N4L) is a Crown-owned (Public Finance Act schedule 4a) technology company dedicated to closing the digital divide by delivering world-class customer support, internet, cybersecurity and cyber safety products and services. It has built and now operates and secures Aotearoa New Zealand’s largest managed network, meeting the connectivity and cybersecurity needs of 2,450+ schools and kura and 855,000-plus ākonga and kaiako. Today, 25% of the country’s daytime internet traffic travels across N4L’s Managed Network. Through continuous investment and innovation, N4L has been able to provide services to the education system in Aotearoa New Zealand that place us close to the top of the OECD rankings.  See www.n4l.co.nz.