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, Tiaki Huria, Bethany Kaye-Blake, Abraham Hix, Luca Mackenzie, Samuel Wixon, Nathaniel Cashell, Kiliona Tamati-Tupa, Sarah Langsbury and Ngahiraka Dallas”.
I trust we will see a number of Ngāi Tahu leaders in the industries of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. In terms of technology the latest research shows Māori are the minority despite a career in technology commanding more than double the salary’s of other industries Māori are majorities in. There is also a constant need of Māori language speakers who are computer engineers and developers to assist with language revitalization which is only just now being nationally recognised by Maori as an essential tool. Though Ngāi Tahu used technology as as a language revitalization tool in early 2001 with its Kotahi Mano Kāika initiative.
20 years ago I was promoting to Ngāi Tahu Development Corporation the need to encourage Ngāi Tahu into technology related jobs, so it is pleasing to see it happening now and at a global level with some of the best and most creative minds in the industry being a part of the over all program.
From TRONT: At the boot camp the Ngāi Tahu youth will take part in design workshops and meet leaders from companies like Google and Facebook where they will align the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) kaupapa to a Ngāi Tahu world view. The term Te Pōkai Ao was chosen, which originates from one of the Ngai Tahu traditional narratives, and serves as a medium for transmitting core values and knowledge inherent in this kaupapa. Inspiration is drawn from the traditions of innovation and transformation of Ngāi Tahu tūpuna, who would transform themselves and the environment to meet their needs – risk-taking and exploring – fed by courage, curiosity and passion.
The tradition of Tamatea of the Tākitimu waka is used as an exemplar, as a legendary traveller, an explorer of land and water, uninhibited by the obstacles he happened upon, with a commitment to problem solving to ensure the survival and prosperity of his people.