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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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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Māori ICT Organisations analysis and directory

Māori ICT Organisations analysis and directory

The Māori ICT organisations landscape is diverse and un documented which creates confusion or misunderstandings by governments and lobby groups as to what Maori ICT groups exist resulting in Internet/ICT consultations not being held with relevant Māori groups or misconceptions from non Māori perspectives being the norm. This has resulted in Maori economic, social and consultation opportunities with the Internet in Aotearoa/New Zealand sometimes being ignored by decision makers. […]

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Name change for Massy Univesity – historical racism against Māori

Name change for Massy Univesity – historical racism against Māori

New Zealand is made up of numerous colonial place and street names, as are organisations and brands. Likewise, there are many place, street, educational institutions and government organisations with Māori names. A Massey academic is suggesting a name change for Massey University – Te Kunenga ki Pūrehuroa as his research has revealed that its namesake was racist against at least Māori. This despite the university having its name […]

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Google Translate and NZ society’s stereotype of Māori people

Google Translate and NZ society’s stereotype of Māori people

The media article on the blunder of using Google translate by a mayoral candidate created lots of social media discussions that focused only on the tool and its te reo Māori issues and not the subtle racism in the story.   In summary: Hamilton mayoral candidate James Casson wanted to appeal to Māori voters and thought that the way to do this was by offering his […]

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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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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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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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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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Marae could be the solution to homeless in NZ

Aotearoa New Zealand is facing a housing shortage and many homeless in the cities and for the first time in my life I am hearing about the working poor and families sleeping in cars and on the streets. One marae in Auckland, Puea marae has opened its doors to up to 60 people. At the time of writing this the media had reported that there […]

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