Te Ao Matihiko, the digital realm, represents the wide expanse of the digital world that our people inhabit.  

Ao: (verb) to dawn; (modifier) bright; (noun), world, globe, global, earth

Matihiko: (noun) digital

Mai te rangi ki te whenua ki ngā hononga hangarau o Māori mā tēnei mātou e karanga ana ki a koe. Nau mai, whakakotahi mai, kia haukāinga a waewae tapu ki Te Ao Matihiko.

Ngā Kaupapa

Te Ao Matihiko is the kaitiaki organisation leading the strategic direction for it’s two kaupapa Māori in DigiTech, Te Hapori Matihiko and Te Matarau. 

As kaitiaki of these kaupapa, Te Ao Matihiko supports tradition, innovation, and equity; existing to amplify Māori voices and experiences within the digital and tech industries at home in Aotearoa, and wherever our whanaunga have been carried by ngā hau e whā.

Operating with kōtahitanga front and centre, Te Ao Matihiko has brought our separate organisations and their respective mandates together, enabling our shared kaupapa to: 

  • foster equitable access
  • embed digital excellence across the sector
  • safeguard our culture in the digital realm
  • advocate formal mechanisms of change and development
  • platform skills, training, and employment opportunities
  • provide pathways into the digital trade economy 
  • connect our Māori DigiTech community

 Our vision is to integrate Te Ao Māori into the digital realm, maximise Māori participation, achieve digital excellence, and ensure the benefits of the digital age are equitably shared across all communities.  

Te Whare Matihiko | Our Structure

We have two organisations which operate underneath the korowai of Te Ao Matihiko; Te Hapori Matihiko and Te Matarau which were both established in 2022. 

After a year of delivery, it became clear that there were overlaps in kaupapa and duplication of work. Following the resignation of co-founder Lee Timutimu, Elle Archer and Katie Brown agreed to bring both organisations together to align the mahi, and streamline the work and align impact.

Te Ao Matihiko, meaning the digital realm, was created. We now have shared strategy and focus areas, and funding. Underpinning all of our work is guidance and direction of whānau, iwi and hapū.

Te Matarau, a charitable trust, is our system for change and policy organisation. 

Since its inception in 2022, this kaupapa has delivered:

  • 10 submissions
  • e-Pa Wars
  • 3 Ko Māui Hangarau events
  • 14 Marae Matihiko and more

Te Hapori Matihiko is the ngākau of the kaupapa. 

It brings together our people through online learning sessions, events, the Matihiko Awards and pathways opportunities. 

It amplifies Māori voices and visions in Te Ao Matihiko, the digital realm.

What are we seeing?

Māori represent just 4.8% of the work-force in digital technologies.

Wāhine Māori represent only a third of that.

Māori are underrepresented in digitech & not visible

There was no community bringing Māori in Digitech together

No recognition of achievement in a kaupapa Māori way

Poor digital equity with Māori access to technology

No retention programme for Māori in Digitech.

No cultural support systems for Māori working in non-Māori tech organisations.

A need to safeguard Māori culture in digital

What are we doing to change it?

Build Community

  • We know our people are stronger together
  • Our hapori is 850 and growing
  • We provide opportunities to connect with other Māori in digital and tech
  • We run monthly mātauranga sessions and regular events

Raise Visibility

It can’t be us if we can’t see us!

  • To inspire Māori into digital and tech, we act as an amplification platform. We profile our members & celebrate their successes.
  • We run events including the annual Matihiko Awards to celebrate impact and contribution in digital and tech.
  • We ensure wāhine Māori voices are heard and visible.

Advocate & System Change

  • We are fierce advocates for Māori in tech
  • We write and inform policy, provide submissions to government and operate in the system-wide change space
  • This will support equitable outcomes for Māori, and all of Aotearoa

Strengthen & Safeguard Culture

  • We create intergenerational strategy to protect our taonga, mātauranga and our culture online
  • We provide opportunities to learn about our language and culture in a safe place

our board

Te Ao Matihiko | Kāwanatanga

We’re focused on empowering and enriching the digital realm through Te Ao Māori.

Katie Brown

Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Whātua
  • Chief Executive Officer of Te Ao Matihiko
  • Founder and Director of Social Good

Megan Tapsell

Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Pikiao, Ngāti Raukawa ki te Tonga
  • General Manager of Enterprise and Pacific Tech for ANZ
  • Chair of the AI Forum NZ

Elle Archer

Ngāti Tamaterā - Pare Hauraki katoa, Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Porou, Ngāpuhi, Ngāi Tūhoe
  • Executive Chair of Te Ao Matihiko
  • Director of Tū Ātea, Māori Broad Spectrum
  • Director of Network 4 Learning

Nikora Ngaropo

Te Rarawa, Ngāi Tūhoe, Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Kahungungu
  • Director & Founder of NNMD and Young Animators
  • Founding board member of Te Matarau

Dr Warren Williams

Ngai Tūhoe, Waikato
  • Chief Executive for 20/20 Trust

Berys Amor

Ngāti Raukawa
  • CIO at Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu

Shannon O'Connor

Ngāti Porou, Ngāi Tahu
  • Founder and Director of Tōnui Collab
  • Founding board member of Te Matarau
  • Council Member for EdTech NZ

Janelle Riki-Waaka

Tainui Āwhiro, Ngāti Hauiti
  • Kaiwhakahaere (Director) of Riki Consultancy
  • Kaihautū Māori for the Digital Equity Coalition Aotearoa

Dr Karaitiana Taiuru

Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Toa
  • Māori technology ethicist
  • Officer of PMC

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