1 August / 1 Here-turi-kōkā 2013 11.00 a.m
Māori Maps shortlisted for World Summit Awards
Te Potiki National Trust has welcomed its nomination as a finalist in the World Summit Awards for the Māori Maps
Communications and Information Technology Minister Amy Adams yesterday congratulated Te Potiki National Trust and the
seven other New Zealand organisations that have made the finals in the global World Summit Awards for creativity and
innovation in ICT.
“It is great to see New Zealand projects of this calibre being recognised on the world stage. It is particularly
important that we celebrate and encourage the high level of innovation and creativity that we have in this country,” Ms
Te Potiki National Trust Chairperson Paora Tapsell said this recognition was reward for the hard work of its largely
Over the past five years, Māori Maps has created a digital database of marae locations, photographs and information to
assist Māori descendants, as well as visitors, in connecting with the more than 750 ancestral marae in New Zealand.
“This unexpected honour will help to promote our message about how unique our marae are in the world, and how important
they are for the identity and wellbeing of present and future generations of Māori.”
He thanked the Trust’s volunteers and supporters for their faith in the project.
Key backing for Māori Maps has come from The Tindall Foundation, the University of Otago, the University of Auckland,
the Foundation for Research, Science and Technology, and several community trusts.
website, based on Google Maps, lets users navigate by a range of filters to locate marae – and now lists about 98% of
the ancestral marae around the country.
The site is designed and hosted by Aucklandbased Zest Media, and managed by the Trust’s Online Producer, Mike Hennessy.
Te Potiki National Trust is now adding archival photos and taonga links to the site, and working to complete translation
of all content into Te Reo Māori.