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A former Alexandra bus and a local resident were the stars of the launch last week of a book about making digital technology more accessible for everybody.

Alexandra man Bruce Potter, who lists author, illustrator, publisher, book designer and entertainer among his many talents, wrote Dora the Bus Goes Round and Round for the not-for-profit trust, Digital Inclusion Alliance Aotearoa (DIIA).

The book is based on the childhood song, The Wheels on the Bus, and Mr Potter also recorded an accompanying song for the book.

Dora, named for Digital Online Road Access, was converted from a 1985 touring bus that began its working life in Alexandra.

Now a mobile digital learning centre, Dora visits communities around New Zealand teaching digital literacy.

The book was commissioned to mark the bus’s ninth `birthday’.

The storyline focused on five essential elements needed for digital inclusion  – motivation, access, skills, trust and resilience.

Mr Potter said he illustrated the book using computer design, and a video of the song could be accessed by scanning a QR code in the printed version.

“I’ve done it in a way that tries to show the way the digital world works, especially for kids, using computer-generated art.”

DIIA operations director Laurence Zwimpfer said the alliance was made up of about 350 organisations, such as public libraries, housing trusts and community groups, to help people connect digitally.

The programme helped people become comfortable with digital banking and paying bills online, and taught how to recognise scams and stay safe online.

“We develop the digital inclusion programmes and resources and support local partners to deliver them,” he said.