A servant of Iwi and Māori with numerous governance and representation roles over the past 20 years. A modern day Maui and Kupe serving the greater good of the greater population. I recognise there are inter generational issues that require a future thinking leaders who can focus on issues and solutions while building genuine inter generational relationships with Māori and relationships not partnerships with organisations and government.

I am inspired and motivated by many great leaders including Hirini Mead, Ranginui Walker, Moana Jackson and many others who made positive changes despite the odds.

A Justice of the Peace.

An advocate and proponent for online and digital Māori rights, data sovereignty/digital colonialism, te reo Māori revitalisation with technology, cultural appropriation, Māori representation and Intellectual Property Rights for the past 22 years. In more recent times raising tikanga Māori and mātauranga Māori awareness in digital and water issues.

Online CV here


Responsible for significant online Maori developments. This has included many national and international achievements including:

  • Controversially highlighted wide spread major cultural appropriation by Māori in digital  (2017)
  • Author of a major ICT/Social media Dictionary of the Māori Language with over 375,000 translations (2016)
  • Compiled a list and analysis of Māori ICT organisations, thus expelling many industry myths and concerns (2016)
  • Compiled the first ever dictionary of Moriori and digitally distributed the publication. (2016)
  • Author of the definition “Digital Colonialism” (2015)
  • Analysed .govt.nz web sites for their inability to recognise te reo Māori
  • Major leader to push for the Creative Commons licenses to be translated into te reo Māori (2015)
  • Ensured a sensitive list of Māori names were reserved in the .kiwi domain (2013)
  • 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)


Leadership Positions

Current Roles

  • Intellectual Property Office New Zealand Maori Advisory committee.
  • Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu – Alternate Representative
  • Ministry of Education – Christchurch Technology Advisory Baord
  • Te Rūnanga o Koukourārata – Executive Officer
  • Environment Canterbury – Te Rōpū Tuia
  • Selwyn District Council – Selwyn Waihora Zone Committee
  • Environment Canterbury – Canterbury Water Management Strategy Committee
  • Shirley Boys High School – Board of Trustees Member.

Previous roles

  • NZQA New Zealand Qualifications Authority – Māori Representative Qualification Review Panel: Graduate Diploma of Information Design Management.
  • Lincoln University; – Tikanga Advisor, Art committee, Museum and Documentary Heritage Committee 201, Bi-cultural Advisory Group Library, Open Access Committee and Advisor to the DVC Māori
  • Open Government Partnership Stakeholder Advisory Panel (State Services Commission)
  • Te Huarahi Tika Trust
  • Hautaki Ltd
  • Te Waihora Management
  • St Martins Primary Board member elect/Manawhenua
  • Te Puni Kōkiri – Advisory Member
  • Creative Commons Aotearoa/New Zealand – Advisory Board
  • IOI Global Trust
  • Net Mania Ltd
  • Department of Internal Affairs Online Voting Group Advisory Member
  • The New Zealand Māori Internet Society
  • Christchurch Computers in Homes – Advisory Board
  • ORG Public Registry
  • Indigenous ICT Taskforce / International Indigenous Forum
  • International Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)
  • Phillipstown Primary School Board of Trustees
  • 2020 National Communications
  • Community NET Advisory Board
  • e Day – National Steering Committee
  • United Nations Development Programme – Asia Pacific Development Information Programme
    New Zealand
  • Victoria University – Technical advisor for Web Site development course.
  • Ministry of Māori Development Government Information Technology Strategies
  • Waikato University – Management School Socio Economic Impacts of ICT – Advisory Board
  • Whitireia Polytechnic – IT Course Advisory Board