Sovereignty Through Digitisation - Research Symposium 2019

Friday 19 July saw Yoobee Colleges host their inaugural Research Symposium as a group at the Queen Street Campus. The Keynote Speaker was Te Aroha Grace, Ngāti Whātua Ōrakei. ​He led his presentation ‘Mana Matihiko – Sovereignty Through Digitisation’ with a Karakia.

Te Aroha spoke about what a privilege it is to serve as the Innovation Officer of the tribal development entity of Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei, mapping an ancestral framework of thrivability to a people and a globe that is craving its meaningful, contemporary and real-world value. This role looks at a natural yet digital future for the tribal unit and seeks to implement a long term investment into developing the tribal innovative capability, led by indigenous methodologies and modalities. These methodologies are designed to enhance the understanding of value, of agency and essentiality. 

Ngāti Whātua Ōrakei have had the mana and the privilege to host and be heard by, peoples in Tāmaki since the 1700s. The ancient role is to care for and serve the most Global City of New Zealand Aotearoa. Today we allow the public continued access to our lands and as long term investors of the land Ngāti Whātua Ōrakei aspire to grow with the local and global guardians who align with the ancient pedigree of care and a vision for shared mana and therefore exponential prosperity.

Yoobee Colleges academic staff were given a chance to present their Research interests and some of their topics included:

  • Brainwave oscillations during a music video
  • Cybersecurity
  • Detecting methods for fraudulent videos
  • Combining different teaching theories when teaching creatives
  • Aspects of storytelling ​

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