first emerged in 1989 as Bevis England's platform for the promotion and implementation of
flexible working practices including telework and working from home. The
goal was to reduce vehicular pollution, provide employers with greater
flexibility and profit, and to provide employees with greater
flexibility and control in their day to day lives. Bevis formed Telework New Zealand to take over this work in
In 2003 the Work Raft label resurfaced as a
charitable trust that provided a flexible and responsive approach
to developing models and resources for community-based information and
communications technology (ICT) projects. The aim was to help in building a country where the full
potential of information and communication technologies was harnessed in
pursuit of equitable and sustainable community and economic development.
Now Work Raft
has a new direction: stimulating discussion and action in the face of
unpredictable change and helping organisations and communities prepare
for this change and its effects, whether positive or negative.
Ph: +64 (0)27 494 0700
Box 60-469, Titirangi, Auckland 0642, New Zealand
Work Raft does not aim merely to discuss
what is happening:
it seeks to deliver sound alternatives.
Work Raft does not seek to agitate on
issues: it focuses on developing and delivering practical
approaches to overcoming the challenges we can no longer avoid.
Work Raft does not believe that technology is the
a holistic approach that recognises the importance of new ideas while
acknowledging the power of existing
communities, networks and tools is essential.
And we know that no one person will have all
the answers: suggestions and other responses are welcome.