Google Doodle of Whaea Dame Whina Cooper

Google Doodle of Whaea Dame Whina Cooper

Google Doodle published (in New Zealand only) on Dec 09 2015 Dame Whina Cooper which was a significant cultural step forward raising awareness of Māori land issues. A  definition of a Google Doodle “Doodles are the fun, surprising, and sometimes spontaneous changes that are made to the Google logo to celebrate holidays, anniversaries, and the lives of famous artists, pioneers, and scientists.” Stuff ran an article written by […]

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Macrons not recognised in email by Government and Polytechnic web sites and systems

Macrons not recognised in email by Government and Polytechnic web sites and systems

If you have te reo Māori or macrons in your email address, it is unlikely you will be able to contact a government department, MP, local council or a polytechnic. Most of the 158 NZ government department website online contact forms surveyed, would not accept an email with macrons. This included Te Puni Kōkiri, Te Mangai Paho and Parliament who would not only decline an email […]

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Kapa Haka Meme – New digital age warning

A number of meme’s were produced from the recent Te Matatini Kapa Haka causing offence to the individuals whose images were manipulated.   A social media site in America where members create memes and other humor is produced where people vote on the material: produced memes that were slowly circulated via social media. Unfortunately as with any negative digital media case that receives media attention, it […]

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Te Reo Māori Strategy lacks todays thinking

The Minister of Māori Affairs, Hon Dr Pita Sharples announced a proposed change in te reo strategy but failed to miss the fact that technology plays a vital role in this area. For any language to be spoken by the masses it must be normalised and easy to access and widely used in not only the family but also in all aspects of society. There […]

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Google autocomplete: shocking racist and offensive to Maori

Responding to Stuff.co.nz story about sexism against women titled “Shocking sexism in Google search” I have written about the way Google autocomplete discriminate against Maori. It is unfortunate that no effort has, nor has ever been made to discuss the racist and offensive auto complete relating to Māori or any other Indigenous Peoples of the world. I first raised this issue in May 2010. Today […]

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Indigenous Issues with new GTLD’s

I was asked to present to the ICANN 47th meeting Durban South Africa about Indigenous perceptions of the new GTLD program  . The speech I gave is written below and on YouTube. Considering I only had 5-7 minutes and a few weeks to prepare, it was very light on details but does cover a number of issues that are not well known within the non […]

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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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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 Squatters in Indigenous Domains

I was interviewed by Radio Waatea about Cyber Squatters. You can hear the interview here or read the full article here. It really surprises me that people are still trying to hold Iwi to ransom over hijacked names when Iwi have .iwi.nz . All the cyber squatters are doing is making .iwi.nz more authentic for the public and valuable to Iwi. In 2002 I with Ross Himona and Te Rangikaiwhiria […]

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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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