8 November 9:00am - 12:30noon
Be inspired by Māori innovation, entrepreneurship and leadership in the ICT space. This is a truly unique opportunity to engage with a range of Māori ICT leaders (young and not so young) who will share their local and international journey’s, showcasing their collective talents. Hosted by Peter-Lucas Jones, this is a forum you won't want to miss. Nau mai haere mai - all welcome!
9:00 Opening karakia Antony Royal
9:10 Scene setting Peter-Lucas Jones
Te Aupōuri, Ngāi Takoto, Te Rārawa and Ngāti Kahu
As General Manager of Te Hiku Media and a native speaker of te reo Māori, Peter-Lucas has significant expertise in the development of digital media platforms and a strong understanding of the needs of youth and Māori language speaking audiences. He is an award-winning broadcaster and has gained recognition with Te Hiku Media at recent National Māori Radio Awards. Peter-Lucas is a current Board member for Māori TV, an appointee to the Arts Council of New Zealand Toi Aotearoa and served as a Treaty Negotiator for Te Aupōuri.
9:15 Whakawhanaungatana An interactive networking activity (bring your business cards)
9:45 Presentation Maru Nihoniho | Metia Ltd | Thinking outside of the Xbox
Whānau A Apanui, Ngati Porou, Ngai Tahu
Maru Nihoniho is the managing director, game producer and designer at Metia Interactive, an award-winning game design studio. Maru is the game designer behind the development of SPARX, an interactive game based on cognitive behavioural therapy, designed to help young rangatahi manage their depression. SPARX was placed into a nationwide clinical trial and was reviewed by the British Medical Journal. The game was a success and went on to win two international awards, a United Nations World Summit Award and a UNESCO Netexplo Award. In 2016 Maru was awarded a New Zealand Order of Merit for her work in gaming and mental health, and recently awarded the Innovator of the Year in 2017 MCV Pacific Women in Games Awards from Xbox. She is currently studying for her Masters Degree in Technological Futures through Tech Futures Lab, working on a project called Takaro, an interactive platform to teach Rangatahi to strengthen spatial awareness skills and strategies that will build confidence in STEM.
Educating the next generation through gaming. Can gaming provide pathways for rangatahi to further their education? If so, how much can a game that teaches coding concepts and systems thinking result in rangatahi actively participating in and with technology?
This presentation will take you through some of the games Maru has developed over the last 14 years with insights into what drives the types of games that her and her team create at Metia Interactive. From pick up and play casual games through to e-therapy that give rangatahi the learning tools to manage depression.
10:00 Presentation Hori Mataki | Ariki Creative | Waihiko
Whanau-a-Apanui, Ngati Porou, Ngai Tahu, Ngati Kauwhata
Hori was born and raised on the east side of Ōtautahi. In 2007 he combined a passion for gaming, illustration, whakairo and storytelling into a unique business called Ariki Creative. Since then, he has built a team of talented designers, animators, videographers, illustrators and web developers who provide services to various companies, non-profits, government and iwi organisations. Funded through Ka Hao (Māori ICT funds) in 2017, Ariki Creative are collaborating with Maui Studios and Manu Media to build Te Ao Hangarau, an incubator of Māori digital creative excellence, which offers digital apprenticeships, hosts digi-wananga and looks to inspire rangatahi through new techkanga resources.
Funded through Ka Hao (Māori ICT funds) in 2017, Ariki Creative are collaborating with Maui Studios and Manu Media to build Te Ao Hangarau, an incubator of Māori digital creative excellence, which offers digital apprenticeships, hosts digi-wananga and looks to inspire rangatahi through new techkanga resources.
10:15 Presentation Dr Johnson Witehira, Artist / Tikanga Māori Design Consultant
Tamahaki (Ngāti Hinekura), Ngā Puhi (Ngai-tū- te-auru), Ngāti Haua
Johnson is recognised as a leading expert on contemporary Māori design. As a researcher, artist, designer and educator Johnson is developing new Māori-centred design thinking methodologies and programmes. As an innovator in reinterpreting traditional Māori design patterns and traditions to be relevant for modern day experiences, Johnson consults to a number of public sector and enterprise organisations to bring authenticity and integrity to their customer touchpoints. He has created these deep cultural
connections for clients including Wellington City Council, Māori Television, Auckland Council, Auckland International Airport, The New Zealand Transport Authority and Chorus.
At Auckland’s Unitec Johnson transformed their Art and Design programme, incorporating tikanga and matauranga Māori into the core of their design philosophy. This practice is now leading a kaupapa Māori design following in the service design industry in New Zealand. Recently at AUT, Johnson led the Graphic Design pathway where he continues to develop bi- cultural and decolonised approaches to design, design history and design education.
Johnson’s design achievements include showcasing Māori design in the takeover of New York’s Times Square, art exhibitions at top Galleries throughout New Zealand, Germany and America, commissions by international toy maker Uncle Goose to create a line of Māori alphabet blocks for global sale and the highly successful sale of his limited edition prints from his “Ko Aotearoa Tēnei: this is New Zealand” exhibition. His 2D projected video artwork “Maoriland Adventure” will also soon be included in an exhibition in Toronto.
10:30 MORNING TEA Refreshments provided
10:45 Panel Te Tēpu | Four panelists offering diverse perspectives on the digital future for Māori
11:15 Presentation Mike Taitoko | Waiora Pacfic Ltd
Mike is the co-founder and Managing Director of a data technology company, Waiora Pacific. Waiora Pacific’s Takiwa platform and applications are designed to solve some of our most challenging problems such as health, housing and education outcomes particularly for Māori, as well as freshwater quality across Aotearoa through visualising big data.
Mike is also a leading advisor on Māori economic development and advises iwi organisations as well as central and local government, particularly in the field of data-driven policies and investment. He is also a Director on a number of companies including Auckland Tourism Events and Economic Development (ATEED), Mercury, Cognition Education and the Committee for Auckland.
Every day the digital world opens up new ways for Māori and other indigenous nations to be way-finders again and decide for themselves what their futures can and will look like. Easier access to data, cloud-based analytics and digital learning means Māori no longer need to rely on government agencies to determine their future for them. Through the use of technology, we can now put the right information back into the hands of iwi and Māori to create pathways for self- determination. Iwi and Māori can create their own futures based on the truth through their eyes, rather than the agencies.
This presentation will show why this is important for self-determination and also gives practical examples on how iwi and Māori can lead change for the better through digital solutions.
11:30 Presentation Dougal Stott, Janie Tito & Anna-Marie Vos | Enspiral Dev Academy | Manu Innovations & Getting rangatahi into Digital Technology
Dougal Stott - Ko Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, rātou Ko Ngāpuhi ōku iwi.
Originally from a teaching background, Dougal has worked across the education sector predominantly in Māori student achievement and transition. For the past 4 years he has been working as a freelance graphic designer and videographer for Moana Creative, which he co- founded with his wife Carolyn. They are also blessed with 5 amazing tamariki!
Dougal’s role primarily sits within the teaching unit providing pastoral care for Phase 0 recipients of the Te Ururangi Māori scholarship. He also contributes to the business unit supporting organisational culture and iwi-industry relationships.
Enspiral Dev Academy (EDA) is a private education provider focusing on
attracting and training exceptional talent for the ICT sector. EDA is a social
enterprise. It exists to achieve 4 primary goals as well as being self
The 4 goals are:
1-Tech being the biggest exporter in Aotearoa
2- Demographic parity represented in ICT as seen in Aotearoa with a
particular focus on increasing Māori and women participation.
3- Regional participation and representation in ICT
4- The disruption and transformation of education to adequately serve both
rangatahi and career changers.
Our flagship product is an intensive 9 week web development
boot camp. Students learn a wide set of skills to prepare them for a
commercial software development role. EDA is known for its ability to develop
the whole person focusing on both hard skills (technical coding, logic,
algorithms, etc) and soft skills (team, motivation, negotiation, empathy,
communication, leadership, etc).
Janie Tito, Ngā Puhi, Ngāti Whātua
I discovered a love of coding while teaching Digital Technology in secondary schools, and wanted to be creating and learning for myself so enrolled in Enspiral Dev Academy in 2016. This year I started a software dev company with two other women called 'Manu'. We aim to create digital tools to help people and businesses doing good things in our communities. I live in Wellington with my two tamāhine.
I will showcase some of our projects this year, which include a te reo Māori web app for children and an election chatbot. I will share my whakaaro on our education system - the low number of Māori youth taking Digital Technology at school and some of the barriers I see stopping rangatahi entering the IT industry.
11:45 Presentation Jesse Armstrong | Māhuki, Te Papa Innovation Hub | Ethnocultural Empathy
Jesse was born and raised in Papakura, South Auckland with whakapapa to
both Ngatihine and Tainui. He studied entrepreneurship overseas at Brigham
Young University in Provo Utah then moved back to Aotearoa in pursuit of
new business opportunities. Currently he is the CEO of Vaka Interactiv, a
technology start-up based in Wellington who is developing interactive story
telling technology for the global museum sector. He and his team are working
in the Mahuki innovation hub hosted by Te Papa Tongarewa.
In the Museum sector, technology can be used to enable the connection of people to culture. The outcome of this connection is ‘ethnocultural empathy’ - the ability to understand a culture from the culture’s perspective. In this presentation we will explore examples of how technology is used in creating this connection and understand why technology is needed in helping people to understand culture from the cultures perspective.
12:00 Presentation Nikora Ngaropo | Motion and Design Ltd | He Rangatahi Manawatiti
Te Rarawa, Tuhoe, Ngāti Kahungungu, Ngāti Porou
My journey, influences, passion and being Māori. How a dream, a goal, a wanting to leave a legacy and taking and creating the opportunity to influence the next generation of animators, creators and designers. Young Animators is a thought come to life, to nuture creativity, innovation in our rangatahi in an emerging industry of digital education. Inclusive of the challenges we've met along the way, it's been AWESOME.
12:15 Presentation Peter-Lucas Jones & Keoni Mahelona | Te Hiku Media | Kōrero Māori
Te Aupōuri, Ngāi Takoto, Te Rarawa and Ngati Kahu
Te Hiku are creating natural language processing tools that enable computers to listen to and speak Māori. These emerging voice recognition technologies will be used to innovate and grow digital access and use of te reo Māori. Te Hiku Media has thousands of hours of high quality te reo Māori content in its Whare Kōrero,an online digital platform. We see a future where we don't just host content; in addition, we provide enhanced access to Māori content to further promote, preserve, and raise the profile of te reo Māori. In order to achieve this vision, we need these language tools. Natural language processing and dictation will play a major role in future digital technologies, and it's important that te reo Māori is a part of those emerging industries. To do that, we need to take the initiative to collect te reo Māori corpora and apply machine learning algorithms to train computers to understand te reo Māori.
12:30 Wrap up & closing karakia