Māori ICT Individuals whom have made significant contributions

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This is a small tribute to some of those people who have made significant contributions to Māori and ICT who have not associated with a Māori ICT organisation or have have exceeded contributions to ICT outside of an organisation.

This is a work in progress.

Ian Cormack

A Māori Translators and/or Interpreters Licence certified under Section 15(2) c of the Māori Language Act 1987. Ian is certified with 15(2) (c) Passed in oral and written.

Ian has made significant contributions to creating new Māori terminology for a number of ICT systems including: Facebook, Twitter, SilverStripe and Koha.

 

Kamera Rahara

Arguably the first Māori owned and authored web site owner. From humble beginnings in 1996 with a two page site, to over 10000 pages today, maori.org.nz is one of the original pioneer sites for things Maori on the internet. See Ross Himona.

Website: http://www.maori.org.nz 

 

Dr Mark (Maaka) Laws

Moe mai rā e te rakatira.

Mark had an interest in Māori speech data analysis, bilingual human computer interfaces, speech database management systems, machine translation, and computational linguistics in phonology. The culmination of all these research interests and the subsequent projects have resulted in the ongoing developments of an integrated web-based online translation system specifically targeted as a language tool for the eLearning environment.

Mark was awarded two Tūāpapa Pūtaiao Māori Fellowships from the Foundation of Research, Science and Technology (FRST). The first was awarded for his MSc in 1997 and the second for his Ph.D in 1998. Mark was also the inaugural South Island winner of the Foundation’s “FiRST Awards” in 1999. In 2002, he was the winning recipient of the Computing & Mathematics Section of the Inaugural National Māori Academic Excellence Awards, hosted by the University of Waikato.

In 2001, Mark worked for the Royal Society of New Zealand and the National Association of Māori Mathematicians, Scientists And Technologists. His main roles focused on Māori issues relating to the Science Communicators, Mentoring and Teacher Fellowships Programs, including the Māori RS&T funding initiatives with the Ministry of Research, Science & Technology.

In 2002 Mark commenced a 3 year Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship from FRST hosted by the Auckland University of Technology’s Knowledge Engineering & Discovery Research Institute, and the University of Hawaii’s Research Centre for Advanced Computing and Virtual Experiments. The fellowship allowed his research to be extended to integrate other Polynesian languages, using the Māori data models and language frameworks to provide the basis for an online Central-Eastern Polynesian Speech and Language Information System.

Just prior to his accidental and early death, he was the founding Head of Faculty for the then new Computer Information Science and Technology at Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi based in Whakatane. Apart from developing a new faculty with RS&T based departments such as Distance Education, Computer Science and Media Studies, he also plans to develop a Research Centre for Indigenous Speech and Language Processing.

Other contributions to Māori ICT included the creation of an Apple computer macron keyboard driver called “Aotearoa”.

 

Ross Himona

Arguably the first Māori web site owner, founder of the New Zealand Māori Internet Society and pioneer of Māori Internet communications. See Kamera Rahara.

 

Dr Te Taka Keegan

Te Taka of Waikato University  was the first to teach computer science in immersion te reo Māori and completed his PhD titled Indigenous Language Usage in a Digital Library: He Hautoa Kia Ora Tonu Ai based on work with the New Zealand Digital Library.

Te Taka lead the team that translated Microsoft Windows XP and Microsoft Office 2003 into te reo Māori and consulted with the team that translated Office 2013 and Windows. The former involved coining many new terms.

In association with spending a sabbatical at Google, Keegan was the driving language force behind Google Māori.

Web site: http://www.cms.waikato.ac.nz/people/tetaka