Dr Te Taka Keegan (Deputy Chairperson)

From the Waikato, Dr Keegan is a Computer Science senior lecturer at the University of Waikato and an authority on Māori language technologies. His recent work has culminated in him spending 6 months at Google’s head office in California assisting with their on-line translation technologies to work with te reo Māori


Whānau: Te Taka is married to Ari and they have four children 

Marae/Hapū: Te Taka has been an active contributor over many years to Pūrekireki Marae (Pirongia).

Iwi: Waikato-Maniapoto, Ngāti Apakura, Te Whānau-ā-Karuai ki Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Whakaaue.

National: Te Taka’s mammoth contribution to Māori language interfaces in technology is well known.  These include working with MicroSoft to develop keyboards to type the Māori macron, the translated versions of Windows and Office that are available, maintaining the Māori Niupepa Collection that is at the NZDL (http://nzdl.org/niupepa), assisting with the translation of Google Web Search tool and other Google technologies, the translation of Moodle, and the macron restorer (http://www.greenstone.org/macron-restoration-service/jsp/mi/main.jsp) .

Professional and Cultural Contribution: Dr Keegan’s IT systems and technology skills matched with his software engineering experience is an asset to Tūhono in the development and management of its core business capability.

Dr Te Taka Keegan
Dr Te Taka Keegan