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NetHui 2012 Panel Korero: Digital Inclusion

He honore he kororia he maungarongo ki te whenua
To these peaceful lands, we give honour and glory

He whakaaro pai ki nga tangata katoa
To all people, we share these good words and thoughts

Kei te mihi aroha ki nga whanau mate –
To those families who have lost loved ones recently -

A te Waimana Kaaku, a te Kutarere, a te Ruatoki – nga whanau pani katoa. Moe mai, moe mai ra.
- in Waimana, in Kutarere, in Ruatoki – deep respect to the families of the deceased. Rest easy. Sleep well.

Ka mihi nui ki nga iwi, nga hapu o te whenua nei, tena koutou
We acknowledge the local people of these lands – thank you and much respect to you all.

And to the organising committee – mean NetHui mean!

Also mihi atu ki a Emma Smythe raua ko Neil Jervis. Kia kaha, kia maia, kia manawanui.

My name is Potaua Biaisiny-Tule and I am an active member of the Digital Maori Forum, and with my wife Nikolasa, we work at TangataWhenua.com.

Kia ora everyone.

I come here today as a Level 1 IT Geek, a new bird in a wonderful forest of beautiful birds. Many of you scare me, many of you impress me yet you all give this new seed a great sense of hope. Thank you all for sharing and for being that protective and supportive forest that small trees like me aspire to be.

My korero starts as a 6year old with a 20c coin and a spacie parlour. When I first played Defender, I was hooked and could see that the future for me was digital, while my parents embraced analogue and my grandparents seemed more in tune with the natural world. I loved video games and we would all spend hours on the 1 computer we had in our school library, typing random words into its flickering green screen. When I grew up, I knew I wanted to be a Nerd.

Fast forward to today and a part of me still holds that hope and wonder but I often feel that both Maori and New Zealand are in catch up mode. We lived in South Korea 10 years ago and the gaming boom spread the internet like wildfire, while I feel like every time a fire starts here, someone puts it out and community after community is left out in the cold.

For my tribe of Te Arawa, mai Maketu ki Tongariro, we see the Internet as a way to connect with each other, to share news both good and bad and to grow our collective wisdom. At the same time, we understand the challenges and boundaries, experience access denied and industry over-hype. NCEA & IT challenge students, the teachers and us as parents. Over-priced gadgets and connections keep the tools away from us and issues of trust surface every day. And that’s why I’m here – to give major shout outs to you all for opening the korero to a young fulla like me.

The 3 basic korero I bring are:

* Does Aroha/Love have a place in IT?

* As an emerging digital Maori citizen, what new tikanga/customs do we have to consider? Is the offline world the same as the online world?

* And with all of these amazing and impressive discussions, will the talk I heard today “up there” be brought down to our level, to my level, “down here”? Or do I have to just keep levelling up to enter your realm and to be equal with you?

Thank you again and kia ora.

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