Maori Websites needed for Internet Competition

TangataWhenua.com is joining ICT commentators calls to encourage Maori organisations to enter their websites in this year’s Australia New Zealand Internet Awards.

Richard Orzecki of Ngati Raukawa is judging the New Zealand diversity category.

Mr Orzecki told Waatea News that “it’s a way of recognising sites that encourage expressions of cultural diversity or identity, or use languages other than English to serve their communities” he goes on to say that “it’s a great way for Maori groups using the internet to get international coverage”

Entries close on July 1, and the award ceremony is in Melbourne in October.

About the Awards

The Australia and New Zealand Internet Awards (ANZIAs) are a collaboration between auDA and InternetNZ. The awards are an annual event celebrating the achievements of organisations, businesses and individuals that have made significant contributions to the development and use of the Internet in Australia and New Zealand.

Originally based on the four main themes of the United Nations’ Internet Governance Forum (IGF), this year’s awards have grown to six categories, extending the event’s reach to a broader range of stakeholders.

The awards are open for applications throughout July and August. Entries are assessed by a panel of independent experts and winners will be announced at a gala dinner in Melbourne on 17 October 2011.

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