Techweek TV: Māori and the future of AI - brought to you by Callaghan Innovation

What's it all about?

Many Māori businesses have been reflecting on the role of holistic and intergenerational practices in reshaping NZ’s future. In partnership with the Artificial Intelligence Forum (AI), industry experts will explore the opportunities and benefits of bringing a Māori perspective to AI. The session aims to explore questions such as: What could this look like? How can Aotearoa lead global discussions about indigenous perspectives on AI? And how can we make this a reality?

This Techweek TV session is aimed at Digital tech industry (Māori and those engaging with Māori).

You can drop into this event at any time.

This event does not require registration.

Tuesday 28 Jul
11:30am - 12:30pm

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Karaitiana Taiuru

Doctoral Researcher/ STEAM and Property Rights Māori Cultural Adviser

A technologist and Māori cultural advisor for the past 25 years, Karaitiana advocates for Māori rights and representation, particularly around the publication and sharing of Māori data. Karaitiana has a wide range of experience in protecting digital Māori rights and representation, supporting the revitalisation of te reo Māori through technology, addressing online cultural appropriation and Mātauranga Māori. His most recent publication, Treaty of Waitangi/Te Tiriti and Māori Ethics Guidelines for: AI, Algorithms, Data and IOT, is the first-ever published set of guidelines on indigenous perspectives for artificial intelligence (AI) and data.

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Aroha Armstrong

Group Manager Māori Economy

In her role at Callaghan Innovation, Aroha works alongside Māori businesses to identify opportunities and barriers to growth, and to connect these businesses with relevant Callaghan Innovation support options, including around partnerships, technological support and funding, such as R&D grants.
Working to connect, collaborate, and bring cultural diversity to a fragmented science and innovation ecosystem is a challenge, and an opportunity for Aotearoa.
Aroha has a solid background in creating and developing profitable and reputable businesses, such as Too Luscious, Playtopia Playland and Café Ltd. Her lifelong passion is supporting the development of Māori businesses and inspiring future generations through technology and innovation.

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Megan Tapsell

Head of Technology - Retail & Business Banking Domain, Chair of the AI Forum

With technology advancing rapidly, Megan is passionate about NZ embracing its unique Māori culture, and that industry leaders have an ethical obligation to lead from the front. Megan grew up in the small, predominantly Māori town of Maketu, but later lived and worked abroad for many years. Now living back in NZ, Megan is passionate about incorporating Māori whakaaro and tikanga (ideas and methods) into NZ’s corporate world. She now specialises in technology and operations in the finance and banking industry as the head of technology for retail and wealth at ANZ and is also Chair of the NZ Artificial Intelligence Forum. Megan sees technology as the foundation for NZ’s growth and says using Māori frameworks are becoming increasingly important to ensuring a sustainable future.

Kirikowhai Mikaere

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Keoni Mahelona

Chief Technology Officer

Keoni (Kanaka Māoli) is the chief technology officer at Te Hiku Media and a leading practitioner of indigenous data sovereignty. Originally from Anahola on the island of Kauaʻi, Hawaiʻi, Keoni has been living and working in Te Hiku o Te Ika for 10 years, having first arrived in Aotearoa as a Fulbright Scholar. He’s a driving force behind digital innovation projects that seek to secure the future of te reo Māori and other indigenous languages. Keoni works tirelessly to protect the sovereignty of Māori data, from developing digital tools, to working on secure storage and sharing of data.

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Wairere Iti, Akudos

Co Founder

Wairere Eruera Iti has more than 30 years' experience in the entertainment industry and is known for his technical problem solving. Wairere, of Ngāi Tūhoe, Tainui & Te Arawa descent, balances strategic and creative thinking and works closely with media and key players in the entertainment and tech industries. He’s the director and founder of Akudos, a cloud-based awards management system that’s been used to help manage major entertainment events, including the APRA Silver Scroll Awards, Vodafone NZ Music Awards and the Huawei Mate20 NZ TV Awards. His software solution is also used to manage grants and scholarship applications, and for business incubation. Wairere also managed post-production tech for a number of years at Unitech’s Film and Television department. A key focus for Wairere is supporting a move away from ad-hoc management processes, to interconnected platforms and systems.

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