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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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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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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Digital whakapapa, where is it – Digital authorship and founders?

Digital whakapapa, where is it – Digital authorship and founders?

The nature of the web and digital technologies leads Māori ICT organisations, kupu hou creation, Māori related software, web sites and digital tools to by default, ignore whakapapa in the digital world. I have already spoken widely about tikanga in the digital world on my site. Māori stories from many generations ago remind us of the early explorer Kupe, who he was, his whakapapa, and the many […]

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Ikaroa Rāwhiti Candidate Social Media effectiveness: Part 2

A summary and overview of the usage and popularity of the Ikaroa Rāwhiti candidates social media and online presence. 14 days ago I produced statistics about the usage of Social Media of our Iakaroa Rāwhiti Candidates, who I note are welcome to comment but none have chosen to, either out of not seeing this well publicised post which appeared in a Google Alert the next […]

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Social media and web usage for the Ikaroa Rāwhiti campaign: Part I

Introduction Only this year have I seen an increase in Māori politicians joining and using Social Media and the web. Recently one Māori politician told me that the web and social media were a waste of time, as the old people have the votes and want to see him at birthdays, tangi and various other hui. My reply, while that is important as a Māori […]

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Colonisation of the Internet: Māori Comparative Literature Review

Colonisation of the Internet: Māori Comparative Literature Review

Introduction A review and comparison of Māori with Native American Indian rights, based on the award winning research “Uncharted Domains and the New Land Rush: Indigenous Rights to Top-Level Domain”; Miss Lucy Yan, accessed via http://www.law.asu.edu/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=67fmPnuMWEY%3d&tabid=803 . Background information about the author and her research here http://www.law.asu.edu/News/CollegeofLawNews.aspx?NewsId=4454 Yan discusses the colonisation of the Internet Domain Name System (DNS) and its social and economic consequences that […]

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Radio Spectrum – Digital Land in a new era of confiscation

What is Spectrum The Treaty Claim Who will benefit from the Claim Groups involved Radio Spectrum is largely unheard of in our non-technical society and especially in Maori culture, despite radio spectrum being recognised as a Taonga by the Waitangi Tribunal which resulted in the New Zealand government giving Maori $5 million dollars to invest in Maori ICT participation. In turn this was used to […]

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Value of .iwi.nz

The same issues corporates and businesses face in the online world in regards to branding and identity are also faced by Iwi. There is no difference between the commercial and Iwi groups and many other Indigenous Peoples of the world. The only exception is that Iwi have an authentic and protected area on the web with .iwi.nz .   More about .iwi.nz and registration here. […]

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Cyber Tangi – A need to better utilise high speed Internet

My controversial thoughts about cyber tangi are below so as to raise debate/ideas and to make people think about cyber tangi, or to at least respect the rights of any whanau who want a cyber tangi.   When my children’s mum from Taranaki suddenly and unexpectedly passed away almost three years ago at the age of 34, there was little time to let her immediate […]

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