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Ngai Tahu Pepeha and mihimihi resource

Ngai Tahu Pepeha and mihimihi resource

Identifying ancestry and family links with a person’s tribal affiliations and whakapapa (genealogy) to the land via pepeha (formulaic expression of ancestral connections) is one of the most common and integral forms of identification in the Māori world: hence the common question “Nō hea koe?” translated as “Where are you from?” This scoping report will identify the issues Ngāi Tahu tribal members experience when seeking […]

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Digital Whakapapa and image considerations

Digital Whakapapa and image considerations

Digitising whakapapa records and images of tipuna to be shared on the Internet is increasingly becoming common practice without any discussion about the consequences. Internet protection agencies such as NetSafe have no cultural resources to advise Maori of potential issues. Whakapapa and tipuna images including images of the dead, that are accessed via wifi Internet enters everybody’s body and things such as food, as the […]

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Iwi Citizen or Tribal Member

Iwi Citizen or Tribal Member

The terms ‘tribal member’ and ‘hapū member’ are colonial terms with a number of detrimental connotations. Many Indigenous Peoples of the world have suffered the same fate with colonial and derogatory terms to describe them. The definition of the word ‘tribal’ includes a division of a barbarous race of people. The definition of the word ‘member’ is not exclusively for humans, it also includes animals, […]

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Dangerous game of DNA testing for Maori

Dangerous game of DNA testing for Maori

Using scenario and future planning techniques: I will discuss how DNA testing to prove how Māori you are,  to identify your ancestry via DNA testing, or the more recent issue of New Zealand school teachers being offered free DNA testing kits by National Geographic Genographic project to help pupils learn about evolution , has a number of potential problems for Māori. Fact: when you give your DNA […]

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Māori Leaders quotes and sayings

Māori Leaders quotes and sayings
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Protecting digital ancestor images

Protecting digital ancestor images

Digitising images of ancestors, taonga and places of cultural value and then sharing the image with whanau and friends on the Internet is common, as it is quick and easy to share with multiple people with just a few clicks of a button. Regularly I see ancestor images at marae being photographed on someones smart phone, likely to be shared on the Internet.  Today most […]

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Keyboard warrior definition

Keyboard warrior definition

The definition of a keyboard warrior is often used by non technically literate people as a derogatory term applied to online trolls/cyberbully and people who are online activists using technology to fight and raise concerns for a cause. Warrior is a term often reserved for elite special forces, learned people of fighting arts and experts of contact sports. The common factor being that to gain the term warrior, […]

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Ethnographers for digital Maori world?

Ethnographers for digital Maori world?

The digital age has many unknown consequences for Māori culture and history. I question if we need to be our own ethnographers in this rapidly changing digital world? Writing whakapapa or other important information for future generations in the sand at the low tide mark with no other record verbal or written is similar to writing a message on the Internet/Web with no paper or non electronic version. We […]

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Govt banned report – Nga Toku Tu Moana: Maori Leadership and Decision making report

Govt banned report – Nga Toku Tu Moana: Maori Leadership and Decision making report

Commissioned by Te Puni Kokiri and titled “Nga Toku Tu Moana: Maori Leadership and Decision making” and published in 1992, the reports distribution was banned by former Minister of Maori Affairs, the Hon Doug Kidd. A sourced copy of the original report here. Disclaimer: I do not know the origin of the report. But there are some libraries with a copy. The authors were: Sir Monita Delamere, Bishop […]

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

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

For over 20 years up till 2017,  Māori fought for the right to be to be fairly represented in the New Zealand Internet Domain Name System and to a lesser extent for recognition within the New Zealand Internet governing body InternetNZ, in an act of Māori activism. A simple right that most people take for granted. These pages discuss Indigenous Domain Names or Māori Domain Names that were […]

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