Towards an understanding of barriers to the Māori cultural adoption and use of information technology and systems in the expression of kaitiakitanga.

Abstract
This Report (7c) is one of a 3-part series of pūtaiao reports that: (i) provides a literature review on the topic of Māori adoption and use of information technology and systems (Gray et al., 2001b) and (ii) documents efforts made during a 6-year creative activity programme to remedy barriers to Māori adoption and use of IT through the expression of kaupapa tuku iho [1]. This Report 7c project is a contribution towards a 6-year creative activity [2] programme (FRST, 2008) named Manaaki Taha Moana (MTM) aimed at understanding how hapū [3] and iwi involvement in kaitiakitanga can be enhanced with the design, adoption and use of information technology and systems. The information contained in this Report 7c supports the achievement of the MTM programme goals by seeking to shed light on potential adoption and use problems that need to be addressed as part of designing, developing and deploying digital tools. During this 6-year creative activity, a diverse range of information technologies and systems were created, deployed and used in two case studies. Key results associated with the development and uses of remedial strategies are also outlined in this report.

Perceived barriers to the adoption and uptake of information technology and systems by hapū, iwi and kaitiaki is a topic that can be explored in at least 3 main written literatures. Parts of Report 7b focus attention on the adoption and use of information technology and systems as an aid to community-based monitoring activities. This Report 7c extends this information by focusing attention on Māori adoption and use of information technology and systems in the applied science and educational literatures. For the convenience of readers unfamiliar with computer science terms and concepts, this Report 7c includes an introduction to information technology. Commentary on the development and use of strategies use in this creative activity programme to address ‘adoption’ and ‘use’ problems is drawn from experiences in the MTM case study projects. Initial evidence suggests that many of the ‘adoption’ and ‘use’ problems identified by this study can be overcome in a Māori cultural context through the expression of kaupapa tuku iho.

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Footnotes

[1] Inherited Māori cultural values

[2] In the remainder of this report we preference the use of the word ‘creative activity’ rather than research. This alternative name appears to have been first used in a government policy document on Māori involvement in research, science and technology (MORST 2005).

[3] For the convenience of the reader, a glossary of Māori terms (with relevant Māori to English translation) is provided in Appendix I.

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Report reference and download link

Cole, A. O. me ōna tūpuna and McCallion, A. (2018) Special issue on information technology and systems: Towards an understanding of barriers to the Māori cultural adoption and use of information technology and systems in the expression of kaitiakitanga. Kōrero Māori report 14, (pp. 63). Tauranga, New Zealand: iPansophy Limited Digital Publishing. [Download]

 

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