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Wrapping up: Mapping the Māori Tech Sector Report Launch

MEA, Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi and NZTech worked together to map the Māori technology sector. The benefit of this work is to provide a clear insight into the challenges, barriers and opportunities Māori are facing in 2023 and beyond and to understand what is needed for Māori to thrive in the technology sector.
He tākoha - mō koutou - mā mātou - mō ngā uri whakaheke. A gift for you, by us, for our future generations.

MEA, in collaboration with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi, and NZTech, proudly presented the highly anticipated 'Mapping the Māori Tech Sector 2023 Report' today. This groundbreaking report, accompanied by a concise summary titled 'Mapping the Māori Tech Sector 2023 Interviews,' provides a captivating exploration of the vibrant world of Māori Technology in 2023.

Through an immersive 12-month research endeavour, this comprehensive report delves deep into the intricate ways Māori practitioners, workers, and business owners integrate Mātauranga Māori (Māori knowledge) into their endeavours. It unravels the profound impact this integration has on their learning experiences and professional journeys within Aotearoa New Zealand. The insights garnered from over 30 esteemed Māori tech practitioners form the foundation of this compelling research.

The report launch began with a wā maumahara, a dedication to māori technology advocate Richard Orzecki who passed away in 2015.

Today's launch brought together a diverse audience of over 40 participants. Notable guests included Report Editor Dr Karaitiana Taiuru, Researchers - John Clayton and Hinerangi Eruera Murphy, Fintech Entrepreneur - Mel Gollan, Tōnui Collab Founder Shanon O'Connor, and Computer Scientist Kevin Shedlock who offered their insightful reflections on the report's findings.

The event featured engaging panel discussions including a contingent from Te Tairāwhiti including Tena Baker Clark from Tolaga Bay Innovation and Whare Kupenga-Keefe from Aatea Solutions. Both women urged the importance of keeping Māori communities informed and connected especially elders. Kirialana Whakangi from Huiterangiora put forward a powerful challenge to the room to consider how we can better support kura māori and their desire to grow their capacity and the potential of developing kura solely focused on Pūtaiao and Hangarau, Science and Technology.

MBIE Digital Policy Lead Chrisana Archer also provided much-needed context on the Industry Transformation Plan.

In the afternoon, the spotlight shifted to InternetNZ, launching the Internet that Benefits Report which captured whānau and community voices on their hopes, and aspirations of the Internet.

Anjum Rahman, InternetNZ Council Member, also highlighted the dangers of the internet with the increasing threat of extremist behaviour and the importance of education and awareness building.

InternetNZ also highlighted the government consultation to enable Safer Online Services and Media Platforms which close July 31, 2023. InternetNZ CEO Vivien Maidaborn shared that this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to shape policy in this space.

Overall, this momentous event served as a platform for celebrating and showcasing the remarkable advancements and innovative spirit within the Māori tech sector, fueling inspiration and fostering future growth in this exciting field.

To learn more, please check out our website and watch the live stream through the links below:

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