The future is our communities
Quinn Oliver Nahi
Director for Phocom Solutions LTD
FOA Certified Fibre Optic Technician
Communications Infrastructure ownership is as important as the foreshore and seabed and the Treaty of Waitangi. It is imperative for our people to be a part of the positive, for the future benefit of all Māori in this opportunity to participate as an equal in Government initiatives such as the UFBI and the RBI, bringing us to speed and inline with the rest of the modern ICT World.
Not only in infrastructure ownership but also the educational benefits of training our youth to build such networks as our people have been digging trenches, stringing copper, blowing, splicing and terminating Fibre for others for long enough, we are more than capable of achieving this for ourselves, if only given the opportunity.
I believe in our ability as a people and brining “Mana” back through our own initiative and "self empowerment". This was the way of our Tupuna before us, and I'm sure they are looking down at us today wanting us to participate, fully knowing we can achieve this and give back to the Tangata Whenua and our communities. We must work together with and assist our Kaumatua to bring them up to speed with the changes and heed their knowledge and wisdom for guidance in the right direction and Kaupapa.
Wānanga and Marae Fibre Optic and Wireless connectivity for research and educational purposes to the KAREN Network (Kiwi Advanced Research and Education Network) and others will give our people the opportunity to utilize resources that were previously unreachable and now through “cloud servers” and building our own localized “Intranet” our “Taonga” such as “Te Reo” can be archived and shared virtually in the Digital Domain, forever.
FTTH ( Fibre To The Home) future “Converged Services” Technology Solutions such as GPON (Gigabit Passive Optical Networks) QuadPlay and TripplePlay deliver cost effective services to the subscriber such as VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) Telephony, IPTV (Internet Protocol Television) and the future of broadcasting RF Overlay (Radio Frequency Over Fibre) as well as existing and future wireless technologies such as 3G, WiMax, 4G technology such as LTE/LTEA allow us to reach out to the “Rohe” and the “Motu” where the physical network ends enabling Māori Broadcasting to reach and unleash its potential.
In summary this leadership opportunity for Māori comes with the responsibility of our people to step up as role models for ourselves and all other indigenous peoples, to take control of our own destinies; we have access to the technology right now within our reach, now let’s use it!