Palmerston North brothers show out-of-this-world potential in tech sector

Published: June 4, 2018

Two Palmerston North brothers are looking to prove not even the sky is the limit for Māori in the tech industry.

Ian and Ben Tairea got their start with a win at Manawatū's Agritech Hackathon design competition last year, which resulted in a budding start-up company.

And over the past couple of weeks, the brothers split up to enter and win two separate hackathons on consecutive weekends – Ian at New Zealand's first Māori-focused hackathon in Gisborne and Ben at an international space technology competition in Christchurch.
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Hack Tairāwhiti

Published: May 28, 2018 by Reece Paterson

As I drove down to Gisborne on Friday morning, I had an idea of what was in store for the weekend; lots of coffee, lots of engaging conversation, writing some code, very little sleep and of course a high expectation of food.

Looking back on the weekend it was all that and much, much more.
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Hack Tairāwhiti: New Zealand's First National Maori Tech Hackathon

Published: May 27, 2018 by Savannah Peterson

Hack Tairāwhiti, held in Gisborne, New Zealand, was the country's first ever National Maori Technology Hackathon. Set on the beach, in the part of the world that literally sees the sun first, teams built solutions equally rich in tradition and tech. The event was hosted by NZTE, Datacom, T3W with support from Amazon and Microsoft.


Māori tech companies invite fresh thinking

Published: May 23, 2018

Hack Tairāwhiti brings Māori tech companies together in Gisborne with others within the industry to find external solutions to in-house challenges. 

An initiative led by NZTE, the 48-hour 'Hackathon' workshop coincides with Techweek 18.

Speaking of behalf of Amanti Tourism and Ngāti Porou Seafoods, Matanuku Mahuika (Ngāti Porou) says, "Even if these companies have only started to incorporate tech in recent times, we know that tech will increasingly become more relevant in coming years."

Twelve global Māori tech companies took part and worked with senior developers, creatives, design thinkers and leading business representatives, in an effort to come up with tech solutions in areas where the companies are looking to improve.
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Product’s story a challenge winner

Published: May 21, 2018

Ngati Porou Seafoods has come away as one of the big winners at the region’s inaugural Hack Tairawhiti event held over the weekend.

The innovation and technology event was a 48-hour “hackathon” — tech developers and innovators competed to develop software worth millions of dollars free of charge to help businesses grow.

Led by New Zealand Trade and Enterprise and Te Tira Toi Whakangao (T3W), the event was aimed at unlocking the region’s potential to support entrepreneurs across New Zealand.
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Hack Tairāwhiti

Published: May 20, 2018 by Matt Simpson

I was lucky enough to be invited along to New Zealand Trade and Enterprise event Hack Tairawhiti this weekend in Gisborne and Microsoft offered to support this event and my trip. This event was part of the larger #Techweek event that is talking place this week.
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Hack Tairāwhiti brings techies to Gisborne

Published: May 18, 2018

Hack Tairāwhiti has brought the country's best tech talent to Gisborne this weekend to develop Māori ideas using technology.

Businesses that specialise in products from seafood to tech and veggie crops will present challenges to the participants to come up with solutions at Hack Tairawhiti.

NZTE’s Barry Soutar says participants and problem solvers are designers, developers, creatives, entrepreneurs and business leaders.

“Kia whakapakari i ngā kamupene tētahi raruraru, tētahi hiahia i roto i taua kamupene hei hokohoko ki rāwāhi.”

Grant Straker, of Straker Translations is one of the judges. His language translation company is worldwide. He says he wants to develop an idea that makes te reo Māori a living language in this country.
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Hack Tairāwhiti taking tech to the regions

Published: April 7, 2018

New Zealand's international business development agency NZTE is on a mission to help build 100 Māori tech companies by 2023. Tina Wehipeihana-Wilson of NZTE says tech will surpass the dairy industry in the next two and half years and that tech will play a vital role in improving Māori prosperity.

Wehipeihana-Wilson says it's about connecting regional Māori to the tech venture ecosystem, “That's where our people are so we want to make sure that we're getting our technology and resources out to the regions so that we're not having to relocate people in order to allow them to be the best that they can be.”
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