Kamira, R. (2003). Te Mata o te Tai - the edge of the tide: rising capacity in information technology of Maori in Aotearoa-New Zealand.. The Electronic Library, 21, 465-475.
Description: This paper argues that it is possible to extract lessons in the information technology era from our colonial past. One key understanding developed is how information technologies can impact on the definition of knowledge in Aotearoa/ New Zealand. The paper reviews the predictions and impacts of early information technology on Maori and provide a chronological summary of IT developments and events in a global context and within a Maori context before establishing whether IT can have positive long term effects on the socio-economic status of indigenous people.
Evaluation: This paper provides a useful overview of the historical introduction of technologies and their impact. The writer draws heavily on the historical introduction of technologies and their use as tools of colonisation. Although the author cites numerous examples to support this, there is a developing perspective that counters this. Writers like Haami (2007) view these manuscripts as a mechanism to safeguard and share indigenous knowledge. The paper gives a useful overview of Maori history in Aotearoa, and identifies policies that have further alienated Maori from traditional knowledge, but does not substantiate a case for the negative or positive socio-economic impacts on Maori through the introduction of IT.