May 18, 2021

Maori News & Indigenous Views

Many fail to recognise importance of spectrum sector

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A member of Te Huarahi Tika Maori spectrum trust says the technical nature of the telecommunications sector means many tribal leaders are failing to recognise its future importance to Maori.

Richard Orzecki from Ngati Raukawa says spectrum should be regarded as a renewable resource, as each new generation of technology offers different ways it can be used.

He says as the technology evolves, Maori need to keep fighting to secure a fair share.

What you call 3G today, and youve allocated all these frequencies to a 3G platform, tomorrow could be 4G. Its not something like once you grow a tree and cut it down, you have to grow a new tree. This resource is renewable in the sense it never goes away so its really how you use those frequencies, Mr Orzecki says.

It would help claimants if iwi lent their weight to the current battle for a share in the spectrum being freed up by the shift from analogue to digital television. He also says that while the trust has made considerable progress since it was set up in the wake of successful Treaty of Waitangi challenges to spectrum allocation, it could do more to push its cultural and economic aims with greater iwi involvement.

Waatea News reports the trust is to hold its annual hui in Wellington on Friday.

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