20 May 2013

Maori web use to be researched

7:25 pm on 20 May 2013

The New Zealand Maori Internet Society - Te Whanau Ipurangi, hopes its research into Maori domain names, or web site and email addresses, will become part of the drive to revitalise the language.

It is surveying 3,000 Maori online about the way they use Te Reo in their email addresses and web sites.

It is the first survey of indigenous internet use of its kind to be conducted in the world.

Society spokesperson Karaitiana Taiuru says the survey will examine how much, and where Maori language is used; an aspect of Te Reo that he says is always over looked.

He says domain names and web addresses are the last frontier of the Maori language and is an area which hasn't been studied.

There is, he says, no information available yet of how many people use Te Reo to identify themselves on the internet.

Mr Taiuru says this is important research that will assist language revitalisation strategies in the future.

The research will analyse the Government's and education providers' attitudes to the Maori language on the internet and how iwi perceive their own domain name which has been in existence for more than 17 years.

Mr Taiuru says the findings will be released by the end of the year.