Technology and the Māori Language Awards 2012

The Māori Language Awards 2012 were held on Friday last week in Tauranga. It was an inspiring event that celebrated the contributions of 30 individuals and organisations who have contributed to te reo Māori through their work. I attended the event with my colleague Anne Taylor, who has supported Microsoft’s investment in te reo Māori…


Making Data Human at TechEd NZ 2012

Last week we were delighted to join more than 2,000 technology professionals at TechEd New Zealand 2012. A strong theme of this year’s keynote was the use of technology to make data human: Useful, exciting, beautiful, and even fun! It may not be the first thing that comes to mind when looking at a page…


Helping communities with skill-based volunteering

A growing number of businesses in New Zealand are making a conscious effort to encourage and facilitate their employees’ volunteer activities in their own communities. At Microsoft New Zealand, some employees have chosen to use their three days of paid volunteer leave available to them each year to share their significant professional and technical skills…


Using the Cloud for Good

Cloud computing is not just being adopted by the business community in New Zealand but has also made a significant impact in not-for-profit organizations (NFP) across the country.   Attendees of the Connecting Communities conference in Christchurch on 29 February 2012 learnt of several NFPs who have used the Microsoft cloud as a key enabler of…


Māori language packs for Windows and Office

Every year since 1975, New Zealand has marked Māori Language Week, te wiki o te reo Māori. This is a time for all New Zealanders to celebrate te reo Māori (the Māori language) and to use more Māori phrases in everyday life. Te reo Māori is a unique part of New Zealand culture and one…

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Helping charitable organisations with technology

A guest post by Belinda Gorman, Community Affairs Manager at Microsoft New Zealand Limited Working at both UNICEF and Microsoft over the last few years affords me a broad view of the social and economic opportunities information technology fosters in the hands of non-governmental organisations (NGOs). Many NGOs have already embraced technology to help improve…