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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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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Pokemon Go on the Urupa, Marae – Tapu?

Pokemon Go on the Urupa, Marae – Tapu?

Pokémon is a free location-based augmented reality game played on mobile phones which places creatures called Pokemon that can fight each other at randomly selected places including marae, wahi tapu and Urupa. Augmented reality is a live direct or indirect view of a physical, real-world environment with a computer or other animation that can be seen via a device. At this stage there is no information […]

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Digital colonialism and the hidden issues for Maori today

Digital colonialism and the hidden issues for Maori today

One of the most remote Māori communities in Aotearoa gets broadband Internet says Te Karere. I suspect this will have a number of cultural implications that has yet to be considered. Ruatahuna is not unique for this as it has happened numerous times in rural and urban areas by non Māori organisations and government pushing technology into communities with no understanding about tikanga or community needs. In […]

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Ngai Tahu youth going to Silicon Valley

Ngai Tahu youth going to Silicon Valley

Great to see that ten Ngāi Tahu youth are going to Silicon Valley in October for a five-day science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) boot camp an opportunity was provided by Callaghan Innovation and NZQA which is a part of the Callaghan Innovation and NZQA “Āmua Ao: Experience Silicon Valley 2016” programme . Congratulations to all of the successful Ngāi Tahu applicants “Kathrine Wiki Arapeta, […]

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Warning: Twitter spam targeting Māori

Warning: Twitter spam targeting Māori

The past 48 hours we has seen a large concentrated Twitter spam attack targeting Māori using popular key words and soft pornography. This is the first time Māori has been targeted in a spam campaign on Twitter and there appears to be no real reason or justification for it. On the surface it appears as though a number of Twitter accounts may have been compromised […]

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Māori youth digital access stats and ICT

Māori youth digital access stats and ICT

Careers New Zealand via Project Kāmehameha, dedicated a chapter to Rangitahi and Digital Channels Survey. Speaking to rangatahi from Years 7 to 13 including focus groups with teachers and family/whānau examined their roles, and a quantitative survey of 1,300 rangatahi investigated how Māori use digital channels. Key findings include: Type of technology used to access the internet: 73% have smart phones 33% have tablets 64% […]

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NZ School oversight of Maori in the house system.

NZ School oversight of Maori in the house system.

Little or no consideration has been applied to the house system in New Zealand Schools and the impacts that they have on Māori children. Many Māori children may be placed in a house that competes against another house that may have their ancestral name or other significant tribal sensitive name. The house system at school is hierarchical and competition is encouraged between the houses as are […]

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