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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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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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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Maori initiatives in the Mobile phone industry

It has been a busy past two weeks with major Māori initiatives and developments by New Zealand telcos and associated parties. This is a summary of those initiatives with an explanation of who the Māori groups are. 2 Degrees 2Degrees Mobile announced a Te Reo Maori smart phone, the IDEOS X3 , while at the Te Huarahi Tika Trust annual general meeting in Auckland. While I am somewhat sceptical […]

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Smartphone in Maori language

2 Degrees yesterday announced  the release of an Android phone with Māori menus. They did not mention that they have in fact blocked the development of Māori language development with smart phones for those who do not use 2Degrees and their “one” mobile phone. Android phones use an open source system to operate. Open Source means that the software is freely used and anyone can customise […]

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