:heart_eyes: although I initially tried star struck.

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Does anyone feel that there's something wrong with the Microsoft Teams UI? Almost no one seems capable of reading messages and replying to the actual message that's been sent. I've not noticed this with Slack so much.

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Dang, "The Years of My Birth" by Louise Erdrich was an extraordinary short story and perfect audio adaptation by LeVar Burton for his "LeVar Burton Reads" podcast. It's a story of family, adoption & unconditional love. Recommended - if you've never listened to the podcast, this is a great episode that showcases Burton's range as a reader and the high production quality.

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Exciting EU study on open source software:

> strongly contributes to GDP
> avoids vendor lock-in
> reduces costs & maintenance
> drives state-of-the-art tech
> fosters competition, interoperability & tech-neutrality


Ko te Whiro o Whiringa-ā-nuku

Ko te marama hou nei. Kei te kumukumu ahau mo ngā wā. Kōia pū.


It's a new month. I feel uncertain about the times. That's it really.

There are two main reasons I use Facebook. One is for existing community and education groups already using it, and to communicate with friends. I can solve the latter with email and so on, however engaging online with community and education groups is not easy to solve.

Do people have thoughts about good local open source solutions for community groups and education? Would Next Cloud work? Are there any existing examples?

#covid #vaccination 

Just had first vaccination in Aotearoa. Easy clear process and thoughtful staff. A big thank you to the many people who meant this was possible. Ngā mihi nui mō āu mahi e te whānau.

Ko Takirau o Mahuru

Ko ngā rauemi mīharo mō ngā tamariki ētahi.

Ko ngā pukapuka tamariki utukore ētahi.

Ko te pātaitaitanga ētahi.

Nāku ēnei mea i tākoro. Ki ōku whakaaro, e tino pai ana.

These are awesome resources in te reo Māori for children.

These are some children's books.

I've given them a go. I think they are really good.

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Ursula K Le Guin, on tech workers:
"Real power goes to waste. Every wizard uses his art against the others, serving the men of greed. What good can any art be used that way? It's wasted. It goes wrong, or it's thrown away. Like slaves' lives. Nobody can be free alone. Not even a mage. All of them working their magic in prison cells, to gain nothing. There's no way to use power for good."
- "The Finder", from "Tales from Earthsea"

Ko Tamatea-whakapau o Mahuru

Whakarongo mai ki tēnei punua pāho!


Give this podcast a listen! :)

Since its release He Puapua has been hitting headlines across the motu. He Puapua is a report which considers how our laws and policies in Aotearoa New Zealand can be adapted to become consistent with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).


Ko Tamatea-a-ngāna o Mahuru

He pio ngā waiata i tēnei marama. Kei te tino rata ahau i te waiata nei. Ko Aho nā Anna Coddington.


There are many new waiata (songs) in te reo Māori released in Mahuru Māori. I'm particularly enjoying this one by Anna Coddington (Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Te Arawa).

Aho / Beams


Ko Tamatea-a-ngāna o Mahuru

Nice and chilled home-town tune from 'existential lounge-punk' The New Things

In Time - an ode to Paekākāriki made in lockdown



Technologies are designed to create an extra free time.
If it is not happening, something needs to be done.

Read more here:


Thanks @strypey for introducing me to this idea.

Ko Tamatea-kai-ariki o Mahuru

Ko te wiki o te reo Māori āpōpō. Kua tuhituhi au i te rārangi hokohoko. Kia kaha te reo Māori.


I've written my shopping list in te reo Māori.

Ko Whiro o Mahuru

Kia ora koutou,

Kei te mahi au i te Mahuru Māori i tēnei mārama. Kua tīmata te wā nei ināianei. Māku kōtahi hauora e kōrero Māori e pānui Māori ia rā ia rā.

Kei te mahi koe i te Mahuru Māori hoki?



I'm taking the Mahuru Māori challenge this month. The time has started now. I'm going to read and speak te reo Māori for one hour a day.

Are you participating as well? There are lots of other ways of participating also.

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