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Iwi-University Partnership in Developing Māori ICT Capability

Whakatōhea Māori Trust Board, Pūhoro STEM & University of Waikato discuss proven & upcoming approaches in developing Māori ICT capability


Tuesday 25 May
3:30pm - 5:00pm


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What's it all about?

There have been numerous initiatives by government, academia, industry and communities to develop pathways and opportunities to increase Māori participation in the ICT industry.

This virtual event aims to raise awareness amongst communities, institutions of higher learning and ICT industry, and inspire ways to build and develop ICT capability and talent within their communities.

The panelists will talk about their strategies and ongoing collaborative efforts involving iwi, university and rangatahi which not only develop digital capability, but also help in ensuring mātauranga Māori, history, heritage, and taonga are preserved for future generations.

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Vanessa Clark

Research & Enterprise Office, University of Waikato

Moderator: Vanessa Clark (Waikato; Ngāti Tiipa, Ngāti Āmaru, Ngāti Tahinga). Vanessa has served on the Expert Advisory Panel on Ka Hao Māori Digital Development Fund & sits on the Board of Te Māngai Pāho. In 2021, Vanessa was elected to Te Arataura, the tribal executive of Waikato-Tainui.

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Danny Paruru

Iwi Development Manager, Whakatōhea Māori Trust Board

Danny Paruru (Whakatōhea; Ngāti Rua, Ngāti Patu); Digital Hub, Te Ihi Ka Roa (TIKR) was established with the goal to build digital technology capability amongst their rangatahi, & that Whakatōhea would be able to leverage on ICT opportunities & become active participants in the Digital economy.

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Naomi Manu

Director, Founder -- Pūhoro STEM Academy

Naomi Manu (Rangitane ki Wairarapa/Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairoa). The Pūhoro STEM programme which connects high-school rangatahi Māori with tertiary and industry organisations, has seen NCEA pass rates that equal or exceed non-Māori rates. Naomi was a finalist in the 2018 NZ Women of Influence Awards.

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Dr Te Taka Keegan

Senior Lecturer, School of Computing of Mathematical Sciences, University of Waikato

Te Taka's (Waikato-Maniapoto; Ngāti Porou; Ngāti Whakaaue) research interests and projects include traditional navigation, Māori language technologies and indigenous language interfaces. Te Taka was the recipient of the Prime Minister’s Supreme Award for Tertiary Teaching Excellence in 2017.

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Dr Annika Hinze

Associate Professor, Head of School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences, University of Waikato

Annika is passionate about Tech for Good, co-leads several projects that co-design information systems with indigenous partners, and collaborating on iwi-led digital content creation and dissemination. She has research interests in location-based systems, mobile computing & the Internet of Things.

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