Social media censorship of traditional moko images

Social media censorship of traditional moko images

Media reports censorship of moko images on Facebook and Instagram but some misunderstand which organisation can assist. In one article by Māori Television it states that the Ministry of Culture and Heritage have been approached for comment and it states: Te Kaea is awaiting a response from the Ministry of Culture and Heritage to see whether they will force these social media outlets to rethink their community guidelines. […]

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Disney releases Polynesian skin kids outfit

Disney releases Polynesian skin kids outfit

Labeled as a Maui Costume for Kids based on the Disney movie Moana. The costumes are made to look like brown skin with Polynesian tattoos. UPDATED Disney pulls Maui costume 22/09/207  There are a number of issues for Polynesian cultures and for Māori special considerations will need to be considered around the Ta Moko (tattoo) as each ta mako is unique to the individual and their whanu, hapū and Iwi. […]

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Kauamatua threatened with arrest for speaking e reo Māori

Kauamatua threatened with arrest for speaking e reo Māori

Kaumatua Kura Moeahu parliament’s Senior Māori Advisor was threatened with arrest for speaking te reo Māori after a traffic stop in Lower Hutt MāorTV has reported. It is only when the officer noticed Kura’s jacket had a Police related logo on it that the officer was informed by Kura that he is a Police Māori advisory board member. At this stage the officer had a change of […]

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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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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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Taonga Collection no eating sign

Taonga Collection no eating sign

The free to distribute poster below can be downloaded for free to use in any taonga collection for a library, museum or place that has taonga Māori where food should not be consumed. The poster is in English and Chinese as its original purpose was for the Lincoln University Library where there is a high number of Chinese speaking students. The translation was completed by […]

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Māori Data Sovereignty: Utopia or feasible?

Māori Data Sovereignty: Utopia or feasible?

Recently I was asked what my long term vision of Māori Data Sovereignty would look like. Interestingly this was asked at a Māori Data Sovereignty hui where: Facebook is used to promote the group, despite Facebook claiming all IP and ownership of anything you share on it 1. By using Facebook, all New Zealand laws including the Privacy Act 1993 are not applicable. It is […]

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Farewell Te Huarahi Tika Trust and Hautaki

Farewell Te Huarahi Tika Trust and Hautaki

After serving a 3.5 year term on Te Huarahi Tika Trust and 3 years on its commercial arm Hautaki Limited, I tendered my resignation at the previous AGM (November 2015) to take effect April 01 2016. As with any Māori organisation there are rumors and scaremongering among our own. So I thought I would take this unrestricted opportunity to express my thoughts and thanks to the members of both […]

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Twitter: The latest digital Indigenous risk

Twitter: The latest digital Indigenous risk

Section 5 of the new Twitter Terms of Service state that Twitter users are now bound to giver full worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free license (with the right to sublicense) to use, copy, reproduce, process, adapt, modify, publish, transmit, display and distribute any information you tweet. Twitter stops short of claiming any copyright or intellectual property rights from you, unlike Facebook. The new Twitter Terms of Service […]

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