About Us

NZMIS is made up of a Komiti (Executive) that consists of the organisations Kaumatua. The komiti is made up of men and women from all over the country and various Iwi.

A number of special interest email groups sit to the side of the main membership group. Some of these special interest groups are from smaller Maori ICT groups that merged into NZMIS or are created by request by its membership.



The interim Komiti will take NZMIS into a new election likely to be held in June 2014.

Ross Himona (Kaumatua)

Kaumatua of NZMIS since 2000.

A veteran of the Borneo and Vietnam campaigns, Ross Himona retired from the NZ Army in the rank of Major in 1982.

He then went into business as an independent  consultant and contractor. In the mid-1990s he built the first Maori website and became involved in advocacy for Maori in the communications industry. Among other things he was involved in the CommunityNet Aotearoa website project, in the Flaxroots Technology conferences, and in the Global Community Networking movement. With Kamera Raharaha he founded the NZ Maori Internet Society (Te Whanau Ipurangi). He served in UNESCO NZ as a member of the Communications Sub Commission and spoke at UN conferences in Tokyo, Japan and Bamako, Mali on the indigenous use of the Internet. He is semi-retired.


Leona Karauria (Chairwoman)

Leona is a Regional Coordinator for Computers in Homes Hawkes Bay.  She is also an Internet Service Provider for Wairoa Wireless Communications Ltd (Wairoa WiFi) and ICT Project Manager for Simplistic Advanced Solutions Ltd.  She advocates for digital inclusion and digital literacy, especially in Rural communities.  Leona is also a Consumer Council member with the Hawkes Bay District Health Board.


 Ivor Jones (Secretary)

Ivor mashed his passion for the internet, and digital media with his love of photography and video making and developed He Tangata Digital Media Systems Limited in 2009. Ivor’s expertise is working with clients to develop and use the plethora of digital media platforms (website, social media, photography, videography) to connect with the people that matter to them the most.
Ivor has also worked in the Government and New Zealand Tertiary Education sector for over 10 years, and currently services the community of Ōpōtiki in the role of Shared Services Manager with the Whakatōhea Māori Trust Board.

Ivor established is own career practice in 2012 (He Tangata Career Consultancy) and helps whanau in the Bay of Plenty to identify and connect with their Future Career Pathways. Ivor has a Bachelor of Social Sciences (Psychology) from Waikato University and is an advocate of online learning. Ivor also serves his Whanau on two Māori Land Trusts.


Karaitiana Taiuru (Spokesman)

Karaitiana Taiuru has been the leading figure in the on-line Māori renaissance of the Internet since 1997. He was the Chairman who lead the society into a legal body in 2000 and was primarily responsible for the creation of .maori.nz in 2002 on behalf of NZMIS. He is the moderator of .iwi.nz since 2000. Karaitiana was also responsible for the creation of New Zealand’s first Indigenous USENET group .nz.soc.maori and for the ability to use macrons in .nz web addresses. His web site is http://www.taiuru.maori.nz


Pikiora Wylie

Pikiora traces her whakapapa back to Ngapuhi, Ngati Raukawa and Ngati Tuwharetoa, currently working as the Learning Services Team leader at Auckland Libraries. Pikiora is also an active member of Te Ropu Whakahau (Māori Library and Information society of New Zealand) and The New Zealand Open Source Society. Pikiora is passionate about the power of the Internet to share ideas and empower people.

Open Source, the Internet, and Linux are three areas Pikiora is very interested in particularly how they share the same principles of free and equitable access to information as libraries. Pikiora is also a keen gamer and has been participating in online gaming communities for over a decade.


Leon Symes

With over 10 years experience, Leon is a Computer Systems Engineer responsible for school’s computer systems throughout the Wairoa, Gisborne and Napier regions.

A Communications Systems Engineers for Wairoa Wireless Communications Ltd responsible for the installation and service maintenance of hardware and equipment. Leon finds this area of telecommunications very interesting and an area he is keen to pursue further. Wairoa Wireless Communications Ltd is a Stakeholder in the rural broadband Initiatives for Gisborne Tairawhiti and Hawkes Bay regions.

Dr Hauiti Hakopa

Tuwharetoa / Taupo region. Complete bio will be uploaded later.


 Past Executive and Honory Life Members

As per the minutes of the society the following three members have been recognised for their contribution representing Māori online and to their significant dedication to The New Zealand Maori Internet Society over the years.

Ross Himona (2000)

Karaitiana Taiuru (2002)

Te Rangikaiwhiria Kemara (2002)


History of NZMIS

Ross Himona was the founder of NZMIS. Ross was appointed Kaumatua of the Society and an honorary life time member in 2000.

Below is in Ross own words.

In 1995 I first ventured into Cyberspace. That’s not long ago, but in Internet time it was quite early in the development of public access Internet in Aotearoa New Zealand. It was for instance well before the advent of Xtra and Clear and Ihug. At the time there were no New Zealand based Internet Service Providers with nationwide coverage, and I joined the US service, Compuserve, to be able to connect from the main centres in this country. The first thing I did was look for Māori on the Net, and for Māori content on the World Wide Web. There were very few Māori, and there were virtually no authentic Māori websites. What I did find in online forums, in newsgroups, and in websites, was that Pākehā were presuming to present a Māori perspective to the world on our behalf.

Quite perturbed, I decided to build my first website, which is still there, called “From Hawaiki to Hawaiki”. In this website I set out to present clearly and unmistakably a Māori view of Māori, and to seize the initiative back from those who were presuming to tell our stories. I also became quite aggressively involved in various online forums and newsgroups in order to make the point about Māori ownership of matters Māori.

Not long after, Kamera Raharaha (Te Aupouri) from Auckland also published her first website called Māori Organisations of New Zealand. We sought each other out, and worked together to develop what we saw as an authentic Māori presence on the Internet. These two websites became the pioneer Māori sites on the Web, and became models for many Māori who have since ventured into cyberspace as e-publishers.

We soon became aware that the Internet in Aotearoa New Zealand was controlled by a small group of Pākehā, mostly linked to the universities, Waikato and Victoria in particular. It was the universities that had brought the Internet to the country. We thought that Māori ought to stake a claim to the Internet in Aotearoa.

We realised also the enormous potential of the medium for Māori to present our stories and our perspective to the world. From the moment we published our websites we were both inundated with visitors from all over the globe, wanting to know more about Māori and Māori culture. The medium is available to all, affordable, and is a global medium.

In 1997 the Internet Society of New Zealand (ISOCNZ) asked for submissions on second-level domain names. The names available were <co.nz>, <org.nz>, <gen.nz>, <net.nz>, <ac.nz>, <school.nz>, <cri.nz>, <govt.nz>, <mil.nz>, and <iwi.nz>.

The <iwi.nz> domain name was only available to a very limited number of organisations, and only on application to a moderator. I thought at the time that Māori needed a generic domain name, and one that makes a bold statement about the place of the tangata whenua in the affairs of Aotearoa New Zealand. From our experience on the Web, Kamera and I knew that there was enormous interest in Māori, and in fact the Māori websites were the ones that made Aotearoa New Zealand unique in the world.

Kamera and I were also acutely aware that Pākehā had pounced on some of our Māori domain names. <maori.co.nz> had been registered by a Pākehā in Southland before we could do it ourselves. Kamera managed to get <maori.org.nz>, and I registered <maori.net.nz> and <maori.gen.nz>.

The USA domain names <maori.com> and <maori.net> had also been taken by non-Māori. They were registering them for commercial purposes without a thought for the rights of the tangata whenua to their own names.

I was doing a technology contract at Te Kōhanga Reo National Trust at the time (in 1997) and applied to ISOCNZ for a new second-level domain <maori.nz>. The application was quite well supported given that it was submitted at very short notice. However, as this was a public process I then received what was my first avalanche of anti-Māori email. There were many more to come over the following years, for a variety of different online campaigns. I also received some very disparaging comments from a couple of members of ISOCNZ.

In the event ISOCNZ decided against allowing any more second-level domain names.

Kamera Raharaha and I then decided to form the Māori Internet Society with the long-term aim of wresting control of part of the Internet for Māori – Māori control of things Māori. We solicited membership and gained about ten members. However as we were both heavily involved in developing our own online presence on the Net, we did not actively promote the society at that time, but agreed that we would wait until more Māori became involved on the Internet.

The Society needs active involvement by a core group of people who are prepared to become involved in the administration and the politics of Internet management in Aotearoa New Zealand. It also needs active support from a broad base of Māori internet users.

I maintained a Māori Internet Society page in my website, and from time to time received a few requests for information.

Early in 2000, after the interest seemed to increase somewhat, I decided to re-launch it via an egroups.com email list. There was immediate interest from a small group of Internet activists who thought that the Society should be incorporated, and who indicated that they were willing to play an active role. As Founder, I then appointed an interim executive to incorporate the Society and hold elections. The Chairman of that interim executive, Karaitiana Taiuru, has done an excellent job, and with his committee, is well on the way to converting our informal society into a vibrant and effective representative group for Māori on the Internet.