Kāi Tahu, Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Toa, Waitaha, Ngāti Mamoe.



Online CV here

For the past 22 years Karaitiana Taiuru has been a pioneer and leading figure on-line Māori renaissance of the Internet and digital in Aotearoa advocating for Māori rights, recognition and te tiriti awareness. This has included many national and international achievements including:

  • Author of the definition “Digital Colonialism” (2015)
  • Major leader to push for the Creative Commons licenses to be translated into te reo Māori (2015)
  • Proposer for macrons in .nz domain names and .māori.nz (2010)
  • Author of the charter to create the USENET group .nz.soc.maori (2003)
  • Author of the successful .maori.nz proposal which lead to the world’s first Indigenous language domain name (2002)
  • Creator of the free Māori spell checker Te Ngutu Kura (2001)
  • .iwi.nz moderator (2000)
  • Author of the first electronic Māori Dictionary Te Reo Tupu, a compilation of all major dictionaries. (1998)
  • Ensuring Māori could be written on computers and the web, Māori language tools, a myriad of publications (1997)

Now the main focus is to be a strong advocate of treaty obligations, social/economic benefits of data that is created by government and companies, protection of Indigenous digital Intellectual Property Rights and social justice and community representation.

This is achieved via numerous Iwi, hapu, community and governacne roles including being a Justice of the Peace, a Marriage and Civil Union celebrant and an active in Ngai Tahu governacne positions.