Maori cus­toms go vir­tual

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New re­search from Vic­to­ria Univer­sity is show­ing the ex­tent to which in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy is be­com­ing cul­tur­ally im­por­tant for Maori. For her master of in­for­ma­tion man­age­ment, Pik­i­huia Rei­hana in­ves­ti­gated what she calls ‘‘Ngati Puka­mata’’, or the ‘‘Face­book Tribe’’, a vir­tual iwi of Maori spread across the globe, who main­tain con­tact with their cul­tural roots through so­cial me­dia.

‘‘With Maori mak­ing fewer trips back to the marae, I wanted to find out whether so­cial net­works en­hance or un­der­mine the au­thor­ity of tra­di­tional whaka­papa,’’ she said.

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