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Te reo Māori alternative for Lorem Ipsum

Te reo Māori alternative for Lorem Ipsum

Use of te reo Māori instead of latin lorem ipsum will beautify your designs by using the official indigenous language of Aotearoa New Zealand. The following text is secular, not tapu (noa) and has been vetted to be culturally neutral. It is already in the public domain and has historical meaning. It can be used by anyone without any copyright issues. The following random paragraphs […]

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Māori cultural ethical considerations in Digital Security

Māori cultural ethical considerations in Digital Security

A presentation given to the BSidesWLG 2017 conference on Māori cultural ethical considerations in Information Security (infosec). The point of the presentation was to very broadly and at a high level touch on private and government infosec communities to raise awareness of tikanga Māori issues. The presentation is available here. BSidesWLG is a diverse and inclusive information security conference welcoming anyone and everyone interested in security and […]

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Definition of a Māori MP

Definition of a Māori MP

Identifying the difference between a Māori MP and a MP who is Māori is vital to ascertain real Māori representation in parliament both historically and today. Post 2017 election, the media are stating that Māori have more representation than ever before. The purpose of this short post is to raise awareness of the such comments. When defining what is a Māori MP, we must not […]

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Māori Leaders quotes and sayings

Māori Leaders quotes and sayings
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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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Biggest risk of Māori leadership in 2017

Biggest risk of Māori leadership in 2017

Below is a transcript of a 3 minute introductory speech I recently did at Onuku Marae for Canterbury University Master of Māori and Indigenous Leadership wānanga. I acknowledge there are many risks facing Māori leadership, but I felt this covers a lot of the issues from a very high perspective. — Nǐhǎo, wǒ jiào Karaitiana Taiuru, Kia ora kouotu Ko Karaitiana Taiuru toku ingoa, Hi everyone my […]

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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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