Māori activism and hidden achievements in New Zealand’s Internet Domain Name System

Māori activism and hidden achievements in New Zealand’s Internet Domain Name System

For over 20 years up till 2017,  Māori fought for the right to be to be fairly represented in the New Zealand Internet Domain Name System and to a lesser extent for recognition within the New Zealand Internet governing body InternetNZ, in an act of Māori activism. A simple right that most people take for granted. These pages discuss Indigenous Domain Names or Māori Domain Names that were […]

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Cultural analysis of Emotiki app and why it could be offensive

Cultural analysis of Emotiki app and why it could be offensive

Emotiki contains a number of culturally unsafe issues: the satirical use of a Polynesian deity Tiki, Tame Iti and the use of his face and tā moko without permission (only in release 1, despite their denial to Te Kaea Maori Television, here is a live link to the web archive), several other possible ethical and tikanga issues including possible Intellectual Property infringements.   Some Māori find it intolerable […]

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Dictionary of Māori Computer and Social Media terms

Dictionary of Māori Computer and Social Media terms

Over 374,000 unique headwords with translations from 32 different recorded sources makes this dictionary over six times larger than Ryan Modern Māori Dictionary, with almost 15 times more head words than the Williams dictionary.

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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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The Māori ICT Report

The Māori ICT Report

Māori access to Internet and ICT report has been released which covers Māori engagement in the digital world, including Internet, mobile usage and employment in the ICT industry identifies pathways for Māori to achieve higher incomes and management opportunities in the ICT industry. Māori me te Ao Hangarau 2015 – The Māori ICT Report 2015 was produced by MBIE as part of He Kai kei aku ringa […]

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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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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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Te Reo Maori to prevent hackers

Te Reo Maori to prevent hackers

Using a Creative Commons Aotearoa list of Māori words from Te Ngutu Kura, Taipo and Indigenous developer has created a Māori Diceware word list to create pass phrases. The instrucitons and download can be found here https://github.com/Taipo/MaoriDiceware   This list can be used for kura kaupapa, kura, whanau, iwi and hapu to generate secure passphrases that will make any attempt by hackers increasingly difficult.   I […]

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