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)

Now the main focus is to analyse technology initiatives/solutions consider tikanga Māori. To be a strong advocate for 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, hapū, community and governance roles including being a Justice of the Peace, a Marriage and Civil Union celebrant and an active in Ngāi Tahu governance positions.


Leadership Positions

Current Roles

  • Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu – Alternate Representative
  • Te Rūnanga o Koukourārata – Executive Officer
  • Te Rōpū Tuia – Environment Canterbury
  • Selwyn Waihora Zone Committee
  • Canterbury Water Management Strategy Comittee
  • Lincoln University; – Tikanga Advisor, Art committee, Museum and Documentary Heritage Committee 201, Bi-cultural Advisory Group Library, Open Access Committee
  • St Martins Primary Board member elect/Manawhenua
  • 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 Advisor to the DVC Māori
  • Open Government Partnership Stakeholder Advisory Panel (State Services Commission)
  • Te Huarahi Tika Trust
  • Hautaki Ltd
  • Te Waihora Management
  • 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