Associate Professor Te Taka Keegan
Associate Dean Māori
Qualifications: DipCompEng CIT MA PhD Waikato
Waikato-Maniapoto; Ngāti Porou; Ngāti Whakaaue
Phone: +64 7 838 4420
About Te Taka
Te Taka received a Diploma in Computer Engineering from CIT (Wellington) in 1987. He spent six years working as a hardware engineer for Datacom and Digital before returning to the Waikato and Waikato University. He received a BA through the Te Tohu Paetahi stream (Māori immersion) and in 1996 was awarded an MA having completed a thesis on traditional navigation. Te Taka worked with the Māori Department and then in 1997 switched to the Computer Science Department. He completed a PhD in 2007, titled Indigenous Language Usage in a Digital Library: He Hautoa Kia Ora Tonu Ai.
Te Taka has worked on a number of projects involving the Māori language and technology. These include the Māori Niupepa Collection, Te Kete Ipurangi, the Microsoft keyboard, Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office in Māori, Moodle in Māori, Google Web Search in Māori, and the Māori macroniser. In 2009 Te Taka spent 6 months with Google in Mountain View as a visiting scientist assisting with the Google Translator Toolkit for Māori. Further work with Google led to Translate in Māori.
In 2013 Te Taka was awarded the University of Waikato's Māori/Indigenous Excellence Award for Research. In 2017 Te Taka was awarded the Prime Minister’s Supreme Award for Tertiary Teaching Excellence.
His whānau, te reo Māori, rugby, and the refereeing of rugby to a very high standard!
General research interests include traditional navigation, Māori language technologies, indigenous language interfaces, multi-lingual usability. Current research interests have focused on the use of te reo Māori in a technological environment.
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