May 17, 2021

Maori News & Indigenous Views

Maori online content to be archived without permission or consultation

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By Karaitiana Taiuru: The National Library is archiving New Zealand web sites without your permission and with little or no consultation with Maori? The project is called New Zealand Web Harvest 2010. It is now seeking comments on past issues that have been raised by mainly the technical community. I see no Maori concerns or consideration.

Web Harvest is a National Library of New Zealand project to archive New Zealands online material, regardless of whether it is private or not. There also appears to be no Maori consultation or consideration of Maori culture and values.

Web Harvest could potentially deter the innovation of M?ori to use the Web to connect to their iwi and whanau as Web Harvest has already archived whanau web sites that are password protected and blocked from search other search engines Perhaps more disturbing to some is the fact that it occurred in America the first time and perhaps will occur again this year.

Web Harvest could potentially deter the innovation of Maori to use the Web to connect to their iwi and whanau as Web Harvest has already archived whanau web sites that are password protected and blocked from search other search engines Perhaps more disturbing to some is the fact that it occurred in America the first time and perhaps will occur again this year.

In essence, the National Library will acquire large amounts of personal whakapapa, tipuna and other images, korero, kiwaha, whakatauki etc. Any membership based system on the Internet that Maori and Iwi use will now archived and used by the National Library.

What will happen to this information in the future and who will own it? I am concerned that there is no Maori consultation and the only consultation is with two technical New Zealand groups.

In my opinion this will prevent Iwi and Wha?nau web sites from using the Internet for networking and socio-economic development.

Submitting your feedback*

The 2010 Web Harvest Options Paper reviews the process and results of the 2008 web harvest, outlines options for the issues identified above, and details other changes related to Zone files and the depth and speed of the harvest.

Feedback on this options paper will be built into the planning of the harvest, its public notification, and its operation.

Download the 2010 Web Harvest Options Paper

Please send your feedback to [email protected] by 9am Monday 8 February.

The outcome of the consultation will be published here in February.


6 thoughts on “Maori online content to be archived without permission or consultation

  1. Kia ora koutou,

    Thank you Donald ma, as some of you may know or may not; MPFB has digitized all of Te Whatahoro manuscripts held in the National Library.

    Nga uri will be at TPK for viewing and to set up the handing over of the Hard Drives of the Access Set and the Preservation Set. There is a number of issues for the Governance and Project Teams to consider of which is what comes before us from folk of TRW.

    Ka pai koutou

  2. In relation to this k?rero, how much consultation is or was held with iwi like TRAION (Te Runanga a Iwi o Ngapuhi), Te Rarawa, Ngati Kahu, Ngati Porou and all those other iwi that have websites. This has come about with the new age of technology, yet I don't recall anything in the NZ Digital Strategy that highlighted the capacity for government departments to harvest websites without prior knowledge. Did the information that is being shared via Nat Library website and the harvesting project go to all those websites that have the .nz domain?

    Was there a capacity for those people that did not want to be harvested to change their domain to just .org or .com or leave out the .nz, considering that this is the only domain that Nat Lib is harvesting?

  3. Kia ora koutou

    Thank you for bringing the National Library's Options Paper for the planned 2010 New Zealand Web Harvest to the attention of your readers.

    We would like to clarify a few points relating to the planned harvest:

    Firstly, the Library does not harvest or archive password-protected websites. Only publicly available pages of a website are collected in the harvest.

    Secondly, although the 2008 harvest was carried out by the Internet Archive, a non-for-profit organisation based in America, the data collected is securely stored in New Zealand. If the Internet Archive carries out this year's harvest, the data will again be passed to the National Library for secure storage.

    The web harvest is conducted under the Library's legislative and social responsibility to collect and preserve New Zealand's documentary heritage. An introduction to the project and a copy of the Options Paper are available on the National Library website

    Submissions on the Options Paper close on Monday 8 February, and we hope to publish the results of the consultation by the end of that month. We welcome questions and feedback from all interested individuals and groups, which can be sent to [email protected]

    Naku noa,


  4. My eyebrows were raised by this story in the TangataWhenua panui. However, as National Library are empowered to do this by legislation there is very little that can be done. I think that the best we can hope for is that National Library continues to educate M?ori about their role and the implications that this has for M?ori organisations wishing to mount web content.

    I think it is quite positive that the National Library is trying to improve the way that the harvest is managed, as I understand that there was some difficulties back in 2008 when it was last managed. The fact that it was undertaken by an American company on National Library's behalf is a red herring as I am sure that the agreement between the two organisations would have been water tight to avoid any unauthorised usage of the data by the American company collecting it.

    Like I said at the beginning of this message, there needs to be more education for M?ori, so that it is widely known that this harvesting will continue to occur in the future, so if there is something they don't want to be in a wider domain then they shouldn't upload it.

  5. Some may remember the whole of domain web harvest that the National Library conducted in October 2008, as your rep on NDF I was interested to read the following item which raised a number of points regarding the April 2010 New Zealand Web Harvest.

    The following options Paper, details possible approaches and addresses past concerns regarding the harvest. There is a legislative requirement to provide this content but the paper describes a range of options to control the level of access to electronic content

    More information and a copy of the Options Paper are also available on the National Library website

    I am keen to get the ropu's concerns & view on this topic as it is a significant digital initiative and issues and concerns of the ropu about this are directly relevant to how i will deal with these issues.

    A statement or document suggesting our view on this might be appropriate and anyone interested in expressing their personal views on this matter should forward their submissions to [email protected]; by 9am on Monday 8 February 2010.

    – it is legislative requirement and will happen – seems electronically similar in intention to legal deposit?
    – It is a snap shot at a point in time that captures the published electronic digital creativity of the nation
    – it will ensure this information is preserved for the nation – not always sure about the longevity of some online sites

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