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Māori activism and achievements in New Zealand’s Internet Domain Name System

Māori activism and achievements in New Zealand’s Internet Domain Name System

For over 14 years up till 2016 Māori fought for the right to be represented in the New Zealand Internet Domain Name System and to a lesser extent within its governing body InternetNZ in an act of Māori Internet activism. A simple right that most people take for granted. These pages discuss Indigenous Domain Names that were lobbied for by Māori and that were created […]

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Cultural analysis of Emotiki app and why it could be offensive

Cultural analysis of Emotiki app and why it could be offensive

Emotiki contains a number of culturally unsafe issues: the satirical use of a Polynesian deity Tiki, Tame Iti and the use of his face and tā moko without permission (only in release 1, despite their denial to Te Kaea Maori Television, here is a live link to the web archive), several other possible ethical and tikanga issues including possible Intellectual Property infringements.   Some Māori find it intolerable […]

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Māori Leaders quotes and sayings

Māori Leaders quotes and sayings

As Michael King noted in his biography of Te Puea, the difficultly of writing about past and present Māori leaders is that there is very little written by them. Transcribing radio and television interviews is also an issue. As broadcaster and author Alwyn Owen noted “Inevitably, oral accounts suffer in transcription. The character of the voice, such a telling factor in relating to a story, is […]

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Digital whakapapa, where is it – Digital authorship and founders?

Digital whakapapa, where is it – Digital authorship and founders?

The nature of the web and digital technologies leads Māori ICT organisations, kupu hou creation, Māori related software, web sites and digital tools to by default, ignore whakapapa in the digital world. I have already spoken widely about tikanga in the digital world on my site. Māori stories from many generations ago remind us of the early explorer Kupe, who he was, his whakapapa, and the many […]

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Māori ICT Organisations analysis and directory

Māori ICT Organisations analysis and directory

The Māori ICT organisations landscape is diverse and un documented which creates confusion or misunderstandings by governments and lobby groups as to what Maori ICT groups exist resulting in Internet/ICT consultations not being held with relevant Māori groups or misconceptions from non Māori perspectives being the norm. This has resulted in Maori economic, social and consultation opportunities with the Internet in Aotearoa/New Zealand sometimes being ignored by decision makers. […]

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Dictionary of Māori Computer and Social Media terms

Dictionary of Māori Computer and Social Media terms

Over 374,000 unique headwords with translations from 32 different recorded sources makes this dictionary over six times larger than Ryan Modern Māori Dictionary, with almost 15 times more head words than the Williams dictionary.

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Name change for Massy Univesity – historical racism against Māori

Name change for Massy Univesity – historical racism against Māori

New Zealand is made up of numerous colonial place and street names, as are organisations and brands. Likewise, there are many place, street, educational institutions and government organisations with Māori names. A Massey academic is suggesting a name change for Massey University – Te Kunenga ki Pūrehuroa as his research has revealed that its namesake was racist against at least Māori. This despite the university having its name […]

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Google Translate and NZ society’s stereotype of Māori people

Google Translate and NZ society’s stereotype of Māori people

The media article on the blunder of using Google translate by a mayoral candidate created lots of social media discussions that focused only on the tool and its te reo Māori issues and not the subtle racism in the story.   In summary: Hamilton mayoral candidate James Casson wanted to appeal to Māori voters and thought that the way to do this was by offering his […]

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Social media censorship of traditional moko images

Social media censorship of traditional moko images

Media reports censorship of moko images on Facebook and Instagram but some misunderstand which organisation can assist. In one article by Māori Television it states that the Ministry of Culture and Heritage have been approached for comment and it states: Te Kaea is awaiting a response from the Ministry of Culture and Heritage to see whether they will force these social media outlets to rethink their community guidelines. […]

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Disney releases Polynesian skin kids outfit

Disney releases Polynesian skin kids outfit

Labeled as a Maui Costume for Kids based on the Disney movie Moana. The costumes are made to look like brown skin with Polynesian tattoos. UPDATED Disney pulls Maui costume 22/09/207  There are a number of issues for Polynesian cultures and for Māori special considerations will need to be considered around the Ta Moko (tattoo) as each ta mako is unique to the individual and their whanu, hapū and Iwi. […]

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