nz.soc.maori

nz.soc.maori was the first Māori USENET group was proposed by myself, publicly voted and approved in 2002 with a public vote that closed midnight on 18 Dec 2002. nz.soc.maori joined about 29 other New Zealand groups (see below).

The original idea was to apply for nz.maori but I was advised by the key people of nz. usenet at the time Simon Lyall and David Farrar that the community would likely be more supportive of Māori being in the society category. I took their advise and the modified rationale and charter were put to the vote.

Usenet is the world’s largest collection of electronic discussions, consisting of tens of thousands of “newsgroups.” People post messages, others reply, and still others reply to those replies. Unlike chat rooms (such as those on Internet Relay Chat), newsgroup discussions aren’t conducted in real-time; you can read and respond to what others have posted anytime you like. Newsgroups can provide information, entertainment, support, and more.


Proponent: Karaitiana Taiuru
Independant Votetaker: David Farrar

Vote Results

There were 35 YES votes and 3 NO votes, for a total of 38 valid votes.
There were no abstains and 3 invalid ballots (double votes). Further details below.


Original RFD

nz.soc.maori REQUEST FOR DISCUSSION (RFD)

unmoderated newsgroup nz.soc.maori

This is a formal Request For Discussion (RFD) for the creation of an unmoderated nz.soc.maori Usenet newsgroup. This is not a Call for Votes (CFV.

NEWSGROUP LINE

nz.soc.maori: Discussion of Maori related topics and issues.

##Rationale##

The need for specific Mäori Internet facilities was made clear with The huge majority win for the creation of .maori.nz in September this year. Of approximately 1800 votes over 91% were in favour.

The existing Usenet groups are not suitable for in depth discussion about Mäori.

Mäori is a subset of the larger group New Zealand and arguably has many more potential sub groups that will likely be created in the near future.

Potential sub groups could include iwi, Maori language, tino rangatiratanga, rongoa, marae, hapu etc.

It is likely the group will be in existence for many years as it is for a group of people and an interest group who have existed for many years.

A Mäori Usenet group will provide a clear and comprehensive resource for the many enquiries that originate from international countries as well as from inside New Zealand.

This is not a racist request as many other cultural groups exist in Usenet .

It is envisaged that there will be adequate traffic as there are numerous scattered Mäori related email groups in existence. In Yahoogroups alone there are 69 groups, many of which are public. Groups include the Tino Rangatiratanga group which consists of over 528 members, the NZ Mäori Internet Society earlier this year was around the 1100 member mark. Both groups are common interest groups.

##Proposed Charter##

Any posts which deal with things of interest to or about Mäori are welcome and on-topic in this group. This includes discussions of local/national hui and events, international enquiries, translations from and into Mäori and English, promotion of Mäori language, news and views, Mäori initiatives, and anything else that relates to the area covered by the group.”

This is NOT a valid forum for hate posts against the groups intended audience nor is it intended for hate or inflammatory messages.

The following things are not welcome:

Binaries

Chain letters, including “Make Money Fast” articles

Known hoaxes (like the “Good Times Virus”)

Articles posted as separate copies to several newsgroups (spam)

Articles excessively cross-posted

Articles containing significantly more quoted than new content

Duplicate/rapidly reposted messages

Commercial messages of any kind.

PROPONENT:

Karaitiana Taiuru karaitiana@ taiuru.maori.nz

Ends


Voters

Voted Yes

brian.harmer        paradise.net.nz        Brian Harmer

c.chapman        xtra.co.nz        Claire Chapman

davejoll                es.co.nz        Dave Joll

dgk                metrocast.net        David King

dramatic        xtra.co.nz        Richard Grevers

duncan                adrock.com        Duncan McCormack

f4e                ihug.co.nz        Mike Ballantine

galah                subdimension.com        Diāne Taylor

gosnell                es.co.nz        David George

joe.brown        waiariki.ac.nz        Joe Brown

juliannasong        yahoo.com        Julia Aranui-Faed

j-williams        clear.net.nz        Julia Williams

karaitiana        taiuru.maori.nz        Karaitiana Taiuru

karetuarua        hotmail.com        V Clark

koopu.whanau        xtra.co.nz        Margaret Harris

l.pope                axian.co.nz        Lynne Pope

maakanic        hotmail.com        Mark Nicholas

mark                nznow.net.nz        Mark Proffitt

moeau                xtra.co.nz        Veronica Rolinson

news                tracs.co.nz        Mark Harris

pete.mason        nrait.co.nz        Peter Mason

phowarth        ihug.co.nz        Peter Howarth

pki11                student.canterbury.ac.nz        Perry King

r.sullivan        auckland.ac.nz        Robert Sullivan

raymcintyre        hotmail.com        Ray McIntyre

robert.singers        paradise.net.nz        Robert Singers

rosegl                xtra.co.nz        Bernadette Murray

sandywalker        xtra.co.nz        Sandria Walker

screngle        paradise.net.nz        Sue Crengle

shelby                macdonald.co.nz        Shelby Macdonald

simon.drain        paradise.net.nz        Simon Drain

taari                e-maori.com        Taaringaroa Nicholas

teone                free.net.nz        Te One Hamuera

tich                clad.co.nz        Richard Thomas

zanetteward        xtra.co.nz        Zanette Ward

 

 Voted No

——————————————————————————

pleb                xpress.net.nz        Darl Singh

rdawson        xtra.co.nz        Ross Dawson

taba                slingshot.co.nz        Sam Wilkins

 

 

.nz USENET Groups at the time

nz.arts 	Discussion on the Arts.
nz.comp 	Computing and computers.
nz.general 	General information, announcements, etc
nz.net.announce 	Status of Local & International Networks (Moderated)
nz.net.admin 	Administrative issues to do with the National Network.
nz.politics.announce	 Political and government announcements. (Moderated)
nz.politics	Politics
nz.rec		Recreation.
nz.reg.auckland.general		All about the City of Sails and Region
nz.reg.bay-of-plenty.general	Plenty to talk about in the BoP
nz.reg.canterbury.general 	Tales from the Garden City & Canterbury
nz.reg.dunedin.general 		NZ's Edinburgh is discussed all right here
nz.reg.gisborne.general 	First to see the sun each day
nz.reg.hamilton.general 	Where it's happening.
nz.reg.hawkes-bay.general 	The sunny wine capital of NZ
nz.reg.manawatu.general 	Palmie North and Wanganui on-topic here
nz.reg.nelson.general 		The top talk of the South Island
nz.reg.northland.general 	Cyberdiscussion of the far North
nz.reg.southland.general 	Net Discussions frrrom the deep south
nz.reg.taranaki.general 	Taranaki - the energy province
nz.reg.wellington.general  	Absolutely positively capital posts
nz.reg.west-coast.general 	There's gold in those postings
nz.soc		Social issues.
nz.soc.green	Environmental issues.
nz.soc.maori	Discussion of Maori related topics and issues.
nz.soc.queer	Discussion of issues related to the NZ queer community.
nz.soc.religion		Eternal debates and discussion
nz.tech		Gadgets, electronics and technology in New Zealand
nz.test		NZ hierarchy test messages.
nz.wanted	Requests for sources, information, ...

 

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