Digital Maori Forum – Sharing Digital Dreams and Creating Real Differences

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Organisers for the upcoming Digital Maori Forum in Hamilton are excited to again bring together leading Maori practitioners in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and predict great things will emerge from the gathering.

This years Digital Maori Forum presents an opportunity for practitioners, academics, teachers, students and business owners to learn what is happening across the industry, to discuss ideas and projects within Maori communities and to share information on work being developed locally, regionally and nationally said lead organiser Rei Sciascia.

2010 was a crucial year for Maori in ICT as we saw 2 Degrees grow in customers and coverage, which is a testament to the good work put in by Te Huarahi Tika Trust commented Mr Sciascia.

2010 also saw Maori participate in bidding for the Governments Rural Broadband Initiative (RBI), with two of the bids coming from a local Hawkes Bay wireless internet provider SwiftNet and a national grouping called Torotoro Waea. Both put forward innovative proposals based on supporting Maori participation and development in the ICT sector. It was also a year where Maori interests in the proposed digital spectrum allocation and the Digital Switch Over (DSO) were discussed.

Issues that will be addressed at the Digital Maori Forum range from teaching ICT at a community level to establishing a national group to gather input around the Governments National Broadband Strategy.

We face a number of serious challenges this year, with rising unemployment in Maori communities, especially amongst young people, the need for greater attention and investment in ICT and organising our own thinking in and around this diverse market, so the Digital Maori Forum will be an excellent platform to learn, share and support each other said Mr Sciascia.

We are privileged to be hosted by Te Wananga o Aotearoa in 2011 and want to acknowledge their support for the positive kaupapa of connecting whanau and encouraging more interest and awareness in the ICT industry

The Digital Maori Forum will be held on Wednesday 23rd Friday 25th February 2011 at the Glenview International Hotel & Conference Centre, 254 Ohaupo Road, Glenview, Hamilton. Members of the public are welcome to attend.

ENDS

For more information, please contact:

Renee Sciascia – (06) 870 3220

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