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Hui tomorrow on Maori digital future

A HUI tomorrow at 10.15am at The Mind Lab is an excellent opportunity for local Maori to help shape the future of digital and information technology in Tairawhiti. The hui will be open to anyone with an interest in all things information, communication, technology, digital, web-based, code language, te reo Maori, Maori culture and Maori economic development.

The hui is a result of a Budget 2014 announcement that the Government would allocate $30 million to support Maori economic development by encouraging Maori participation in the ICT sector and accessing Maori language and culture through ICT (Information and Communications Technology) and digital literacy initiatives.

Gisborne has now become one of four places nationwide to shape how the Government will spend its $30 million Maori ICT Development Fund.

The Maori ICT Expert Advisory Group, Te Puni Kokiri, is running stakeholder workshops across the country to gather feedback on the fund. Gisborne District Council east coast area officer and digital strategy steering group member Ngarangi Walker said rhe Tairawhiti region was not part of the original hui schedule. But a “precursor” hui held in March, combined with recent visits to the region from Prime Minister John Key and Maori Affairs Minister Te Ururoa Flavell last month had combined to bring one to Gisborne.

“My role is really to ensure we have a presence, whether that’s here in Tairawhiti, physically in Wellington or virtually online," Miss Walker said.

“It’s also to make sure we build on the gathering we had in March, and just to keep people informed and aware of what is going on.”

The four nationwide hui will discuss potential ICT funding priorities for the fund, which will be managed by Maori broadcaster Te Mangai Paho and distributed over a five-year period. Following the Gisborne workshop, others will take place in Wellington, Christchurch and Auckland.

Feedback from these four workshops will help shape recommendations to the two Ministers in charge of the Fund, Minister for Maori Development Te Ururoa Flavell and Minister for Communications Amy Adams.

“This will be a great opportunity for you to hear and share your whakaaro on the development of the Maori ICT fund.”

If you wish to attend the ICT hui contact Miss Walker on 867 2049, or email, or turn up on the day.

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