The Northland Partnership is a project of the NZ Community Development Trust. The Trust is committed to improving the economic wellbeing of the region, attracting world class industry, and continually enhancing our beatiful environment. We provide an online presence for towns and communities in Northland along with a regional database of busineses and communitiy groups.
The Internet explosion has generated enormous interest, bucket loads of hype, and many new opportunities and dangers. This Trust was formed in order to facilitate access to the new opportunities that the Internet makes possible.
The most obvious benefits of the Internet are cheap access to information and the ease at which any business or organisation can create a web site in order to promote their products or services.
The Trust makes available a set of data management and web site building tools that allow business and community groups to manage their own directory listings and web sites.
While the Trust is committed to lowering the threshold cost and complexity of setting up an Internet presence, it is not setting out to compete with web site developers or internet service providers. Creating an environment where businesses and community groups can easily promote themselves or share information will also create many more opportunities for web developers to build more comprehensive web sites embracing product directories and e-commerce, or other advanced features.
Funding for the services provided comes from a small annual subscription paid by businesses for their web pages to have a link from the various directories. Non-profit community groups, clubs and support organisations have a free link/page. The income generated is used to cover the cost of providing and marketing the service, with any surplus being returned to the community.