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
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.
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.
nz.soc.maori: Discussion of Maori related topics and issues.
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.
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:
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.
Karaitiana Taiuru karaitiana@ taiuru.maori.nz
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
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, ...